Poem A Day:
None- wasn’t feeling inspired… still can’t think of anything…
Students came to class today with a draft of their nonfiction analysis.
The objective was for students to evaluate their drafts for “development of ideas” and clarity.
We began today by looking at this checklist.
In pairs, they read through the “Development” section of the checklist and on the left hand side, wrote bullet points of the most important info on the checklist (so that they understood it).
I wrote a draft of an analysis of the model text about Euphemisms. I printed it out and handed copies to the students. As a class we read my first draft (which I wrote in about an hour). I asked students to get into pairs and underline all the thoughts in the essay that were mine, and to circle all of the thoughts that came from the article I was analyzing (that is why there is so much underlined text in the draft).
Students noticed right away that I did not simply summarize the ideas of the mentor text’s author. I had my own ideas based on what I learned in his article. This was visual for them and got that point across.
Next, students used the development section of the checklist to assess my paper.
Then, as a class, students called out suggestions that I could use to make develop my ideas more. Those suggestions are present in this doc.
Students got out their own drafts and did the same activities with their own work. Then got onto Chromebooks to revise their drafts for development of ideas.
I reviewed the expectations for their second drafts and reminded students that they are due next class.