I am required to do an anticipatory and closing set (5 to 10 minutes) for each 75 minute class on Tuesdays With Morrie.  Does anyone have clever suggestions for these?

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clairewait eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I assume from the placement of this question in the Tuesday's With Morrie group that you are asking about anticipatory and closing sets for lessons on this very book.  Keep in mind the basic purposes for anticipatory and closing sets as well as the objectives of your lesson.  An anticipatory set is designed to get students to use prior knowledge that they can apply to the lesson that day.  It often sparks interest, creates excitement, and builds anticipation, but the main purpose is to connect prior knowledge with new knowledge.  A closing set is used to wrap up the lesson and tie everything together.  Its main purpose is to drive home the main point of the lesson that day, and possibly get students to take the knowledge to a new level.

One of the greatest and in my opinion, easiest, things about this book is how quickly most students can relate to its different messages.  In several writing lessons (not necessarily studying this book) I've used different quotes from Tuesdays With Morrie as warm-up journal prompts.  I'll often post a quote with a few personal questions attached or I'll simply put the quote and write "Respond."  Here's a quick example:

It was only through default that the best professor I ever had became a teacher (from "The Professor").

  1. Who has been your favorite teacher of all time and why?

Though it is a simple task, it gets students to draw from experience and make a personal connection before doing the lesson for the day.  Closing sets, for me, vary by lesson.  I will often have students go back to their journal entries from the beginning of class and explore their ideas further (given the subject of the lecture that day).  Once in a while I'll give them a question to discuss with a partner.  If your lesson has an "essential question" (the most important point of the lesson) it is often a good idea to have students answer that question in their own words at the end of class.  If you wish to be creative, you can have students come up with a "review question" and answer for the lesson that day.  You'll be surprised to see what individuals deem important and this is a way you can see what your students "got" out of the lesson that day.