I was not wrong. Today our journal topic in 8th grade English was to close read the poem, watch the video, and compare the two.
|My close reading of "We Wear the Mask"|
The discussions that poured forth in all three of my classes after we spent some time writing were so on point, I was so impressed with the things they were saying. And even better that the students led the discussion the entire time. I would interject every so often, but for the most part they got the connection without much prodding. The idea of metaphorical masks certainly seems to resonate with middle school students.