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Card: Strategies: Gradual Release of Responsibility.
Monica Baines: I need the most responsible person at your table to take out one sheet of paper. The most responsible person at your table.
Monica Baines: The gradual release of responsibility. We've studied Shakespeare now for almost six week and so it takes some time.
Lower Third: Monica Baines
9th Grade English
Alief Early College High School, Houston, Texas
Monica Baines: You have got to be able to prove your stance. You've got to be able to prove yourself.
Monica Baines: I did a lot of hand holding, a lot of modeling, a lot of "Let's slow down."
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Monica Baines: Y'all have a lot, a lot of substance here. Slow down, slow down.
Monica Baines: Let's question, let's classroom talk, let's walk our way through this.
Monica Baines: So you've proven your fear. What about your pain?
Student: He is later on in the party, whenever they meet.
Student: And they figure out that they're both from different families.
Student: Yeah, they have a connection, but then they found out that they're from different families and they're not sure of this, because both families--
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Student: At least, they can do it secretly, but not--
Student: But that's the bad part. They have to keep it secret.
Monica Baines: Okay.
Monica Baines: To ensure that we understand who Shakespeare is, what Shakespeare has done, what we're about to get into with this whole "Romeo and Juliet" thing.
Monica Baines: Act 3. My Act 3 presenters, you guys ready?
Monica Baines: Gradually, I start putting the responsibility of the learning on them.
Monica Baines: The purpose of this group, they are going to talk to you some more about how tragedy does in fact exist through their understanding and comprehension of Act 3.
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Monica Baines: Now I want you to show me about tragedy. I want you now to show me, to stand up and to give me a full 25 minute presentation.
Student: This is how the plot progresses.
Student: In the first scene, we see that Mercutio was killed by Tybalt and out of vengeance, Romeo kills Tybalt.
Monica Baines: It's a college writing skill. They've got to be able to take ownership of their own learning. They've got to be able to take a complex and a rigorous piece of something academic and filter their way through it. So what better way than to start them at Alief Early College, learning that?
Student: Thank you.