Reflection: Accountability The Conclusion - Section 5: Closure


I noticed recently that students weren’t following through with required work during partner shares and our closing.  This time was intended for more than just reading drafts aloud. Instead, it was meant for students to be peer coaches – actually help each other in the revising process by providing feedback and suggestions to improve stories. After overhearing group after group simply read their drafts and move on, I knew it was time for an intervention.

I have a couple of partnerships who work really well together. They aren’t afraid to give their opinion and tell each other what they really think – good or bad. And most of the time they do this in a respectful way so that the comments are well received. I asked a couple of groups if they would be willing to model their share time to the rest of the class and they agreed. During our closing time today, I allowed for extra time for these groups to share and then asked the rest of the class to go back and share today’s work with their tables. I divided my “models” between the tables so that there was one at each (with me at the fifth table). I encouraged the peer models to jump in with suggestions and hoped that the rest of the students would follow their leads. It ended up working really well! The conversations I heard today were much better than in days past and led to thoughtful additions and deletions in stories. Just another reminder that I am not the only expert in the room and need to utilize all of my experts more often!

  Accountability and Modeling
  Accountability: Accountability and Modeling
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The Conclusion

Unit 13: Writing our Own Fictional Tales
Lesson 12 of 16

Objective: SWBAT choose an appropriate ending for their fictional stories.

Big Idea: After mapping out their plot events, students decide how to finish their stories for their readers.

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English / Language Arts, Writing, fable, plot line, conclusion, fairy tales, plot map, Folktales, tall tales, fictional writing, fictional character
  50 minutes
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