Reflection: Complex Tasks Main Events - Slow Down and Wait For Me! - Section 2: Guiding the Learning


I labeled this complex tasks because its difficult for students to learn the components of good writing in sectional lessons and then refer back to their original writing and apply what they have learned to that idea. This requires good note taking abilities and repeated lessons to build understanding. In this lesson I expected that they would struggle a bit with the writing of their main idea because it had been so long since we had discussed it.

The opposite happened! They were so excited to finally get the opportunity to share their great story ideas with the class that they quickly finished their organizers with details from their minds. Many chose to add extra sheets of paper to their story plans because they had so many ideas and not enough room to write about all of them. Yeah! but then also Oh, no! I hadn't planned for this so it was thinking quickly to fill the time.

I chose to have them peer share/ peer edit because my thought was that their quick writing probably wasn't their best writing and they could use advice to add sections they had missed. Right again - listening in on the conversations between peers confirmed that many had rushed too quickly and not fully developed their main event ideas. The benefit of the peer conversations was that it gave their partners the ability to write in details that made their stories - most of their ideas came from their sharing of the details of their stories and the advice their partners gave them about what they could add. This also kept them focused on our big idea of writing for readers not our selves.   

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Main Events - Slow Down and Wait For Me!

Unit 5: Writing Narrative Stories to Entertain Your Readers
Lesson 10 of 16

Objective: SWBAT...write and fully elaborate their plot with three sequential events and a climax that describes their setting, characters, suspense and plot of their story

Big Idea: This is the big idea of our stories and where we can use our stories to excite, entertain, or scare our readers. To do this we need to describe - describe - describe!

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