Reflection: Writing Across the Disciplines What Do Our Memories Hold? Day 1 of 3 - Section 4: Independent Writing

 

It is always interesting to see what grabs the attention of students. In this case, it is plain to see that in answering the question, "What was it like growing up for the author," the students wrote mostly about her being the oldest of the cousins and thus the boss. To some extent I can understand why the students would find this interesting since most of them come from large extended families.

I found it interesting that one student decided to write in first person but he copied word by word from the text which is something I brought to his attention later on. I made sure he that he understood that he needs to use his own words when he writes. This is how I handled this situation. I had a conversation with him, explaining that when we write word by word what someone else writes as our own, it is called plagiarism. I explained that plagiarism is stealing other people's words. I feel it is important to have direct conversations with students. I didn't make him wrong for it or asked him to do it again. I feel what is important is to bring awareness to the situation and help him not repeat it. And if it were to happen again, I would have to sit with him and help him write in his own words what he is learning.

In terms of what the students produced, I was surprised at the quantity of the writing. I expected more. I am now thinking that we still need to work on our writing stamina as a class, so I will probably change some upcoming lessons to incorporate more writing opportunities to allow my students to get more practice writing for longer periods of time. Here is a video showing their work.

How Was Childhood for the Author?

  Writing Across the Disciplines: Independent Writing
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What Do Our Memories Hold? Day 1 of 3

Unit 4: Stirring Up Memories, An Autobiography
Lesson 1 of 6

Objective: SWBAT to ask and answer questions to understand key details in an informational text.

Big Idea: Everyone has a story and we tell them in different ways. In today's story, the author stirs up her childhood memories to share hers. What fond memories do you have of your childhood?

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