Reflection: Writing Across the Disciplines The Last Day - Section 5: Responding To Quote


How did my students do with this writing assignment? Let's look at some of their work samples.

In looking at this piece, Response To Quote 2, the student agrees with Charlotte that being a friend is a tremendous thing. He explains that the reason for it is because friends give you stuff. I wished he had elaborated on this statement. He does proceed by stating how friends care for you and can help you if you get hurt. He thinks Charlotte would make a great friend because Charlotte can help him not bump into things, which he tends to do. Interestingly he states how Charlotte can help him when he is dying, and I am thinking he means when he becomes old since he doesn't have any health issues. Clearly this is a second grader's very concrete interpretation of friendship, but the students' ability to bring in his background knowledge and apply it to his analysis of Charlotte as a true friend is meaningful.

Next, the piece, Response To Quote 8, makes a statement of how she is sad because Charlotte is dying, but she doesn't provide thoughts on whether she agrees or disagrees with Charlotte. Sometimes this student needs to work with me, and sometimes she is ok working alone. I realize that I needed to have checked in with her to ensure she was understanding the task.

Then, in the piece, Response To Quote 5, the student agrees with Charlotte and gives reasonable examples as to why and defines properly the qualities in Charlotte that would make her a good friend.

Lastly, in the piece Response To Quote 8, the writer explains how Charlotte is great friend because of what she did for Wilbur but doesn't answer the question. And, while she would like Charlotte as a friend, she doesn't finish. Interestingly, I had a conversation with this student about the sentence she highlighted. In viewing the video, I could have done a better job in helping her understand the sentence: "Heaven knows anyone's life can stand a little of that." Here is our interactions: What She Highlighted.... This line called to her but she was unable to explain why. I believe I could have helped her by asking, "What word in that sentence do you find interesting?" In this way, I could have helped her hone in the word heaven and the associations she has with it and then share general associations. Why? I am thinking this would have helped her to see how, in helping saving Wilbur's life, Charlotte improved the quality of her own life and helped her feel important/valuable in creating this emotional connection and uplifting her life from the mundane work of trapping insects. It's a thought to consider.

Overall, I feel the experience in helping my students pay closer attention to the text, while feeling messy, was very valuable.

  Writing Across the Disciplines: Responding To Quote
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The Last Day

Unit 5: Charlotte's Web: A Chapter Book Study
Lesson 25 of 27

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

Big Idea: Parting is such sweet sorrow for Wilbur and Charlotte.

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