Reflection: Classroom Setup Writer's Practice: Analysis of Close Reading & Critical Viewing - Section 2: Independent Writing

 

Today's writing exercise served to give students an opportunity to assess what they understood about formal writing, about the three levels of questioning, and about critical viewing. In order to provide students an early opportunity to prepare some ideas, I allowed them to pull their desks into small groups and "bullpen" ideas for a few minutes, and begin writing from there. This allowed students the flexibility to draw from each other, as well as the comfort of having a peer they knew and trusted with whom they could exchange papers. I had initial concerns this would create logistical issues as they wrote (looking at each others' papers, etc.), but it appeared that they remained focused on their prompt throughout, earning my trust and respect to work independently. 

  Student Writing: Practice for Effective Practice
  Classroom Setup: Student Writing: Practice for Effective Practice
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Writer's Practice: Analysis of Close Reading & Critical Viewing

Unit 15: Literacy: "The Great Gatsby" Characterization, Style, and Visual Literacy
Lesson 12 of 16

Objective: SWBAT write an explanatory paragraph, drawing on the representation of "The Great Gatsby" in film and print, and evaluate another's writing, providing clear feedback by completing a practice, test-prep writing

Big Idea: Connections and Comparisons: Like F. Scott Fitzgerald, students draw from their experiences (in viewing and reading) to demonstrate understanding of the novel.

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