Reflection: Adjustments to Practice Building a Theme Analysis: Peer Revision - Section 3: Student Work Time


I've always used peer revision.  Over the course of my career, I have adjusted it greatly.  I used to get bent out of shape about the feedback being weak.  I have turned my focus to reflection for the students.  Reading other students' papers is useful.  However, the real learning comes from reflection on the student's own paper.  After a student spends time with their classmate's paper and has heard feedback on their own, I provide time for the student to write some reflective thoughts.  If I have a student first period, it might be nine hours before he/she begins their homework and by that time they will have forgotten what to do on their paper.  The reflective statements help keep a student focused while completing work at home. 

Today's timing was tough.  We really had to move quickly.  It certainly wasn't smooth and the students didn't get as much time reflecting as I would have liked.  Next time, I will shorten one of the other segments.

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Building a Theme Analysis: Peer Revision

Unit 9: Theme Analysis-Writer's Workshop
Lesson 7 of 8

Objective: SWBAT strengthen their Theme Analysis essay by evaluating a peer's paper and reflecting on their own.

Big Idea: Can peer revision be successful? Yes!

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