Reflection: Writing Across the Disciplines The Cool of the Evening - Section 6: Independent Writing


How did my students do with this writing assignment? Not as well as I thought they would do. One thing that might have thrown them is that I was out for this lesson, and it was taught by a sub.

One of my students who is typically on target misfired with her writing: What Is Important In The Chapter? This student does need much redirection; otherwise she can become easily distracted. Her response is very general, and it seems, unfortunately, she was just trying to fill up the paper.

Next, there are two responses that seem intriguing, yet they are not finished. The first one, Something That Is Important, states how Templeton is kept out sight. This is an important acknowledgement of how Templeton works in the shadows as the reluctant anti-hero. But he stops there. I didn't get a chance to talk with him about it.

Then, in What Is Important In This Chapter, the student writes one sentence about how Charlotte is dying. Another critical idea to understand. But she doesn't continue.

Lastly, in the piece, What Was Important In The Chapter, the student writes about the fair and how they had fun and that Wilbur is famous, but he doesn't expand on his ideas. His last sentence tells about how Charlotte meets a new pig, but that's from the last chapter.

I left a template for the sub to use for their writing, Template for Writing for The Cool of The Evening, which is something I made because I thought it would help my students when I was out. But, most of them didn't finish making the following statement true, "when the cat's away, the mice will play."

Anyway, if you want to read this chapter in your classroom along with E.B. White, here is the title and link:

•Charlotte's Web Ch 18

  Writing Across the Disciplines: Independent Writing
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The Cool of the Evening

Unit 5: Charlotte's Web: A Chapter Book Study
Lesson 22 of 27

Objective: SWBAT ask and answer questions about key details in a literary text.

Big Idea: The evening brings relief from the heat at the fair and Templeton indulges in paradise.

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