Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Not Quite Together - Section 3: Independent practice

 

The most common issue that sprang up had to do with students copying facts from the book with no rhyme or reason as to which facts made sense with their main ideas. To support students with this problem, I paired them up with a stronger writer and had the student read his or her paragraph out loud. Having an audience usually helped the student realize which details helped the paragraph and which ones were irrelevant; plus, the more advanced students would have been done early anyway, so this gave them additional practice with the objective without interfering with their own ability to complete the task independently.

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Not Quite Together

Unit 4: Writing informational/explanatory text
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Objective: SWBAT use a graphic organizer to develop their details in an informational paragraph.

Big Idea: Just telling them to write is not enough. Students need a clear idea of the basic characteristics of a genre, and guidance to gain confidence and move towards independence.

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