Reflection: Student Ownership A Personal Declaration Essay, Writer's Memo - Section 2: Writer's Memo


My favorite aspect of the writer's memo is the fact that it forces students to be active participants in their assessment. They must assess what went well and what didn't go well in the essay, which helps me give more specific feedback.

I find that when I offer feedback on their own concerns, students are less likely to react in a negative way. They've already identified their area of struggle--my feedback does not come as as a surprise. Also, that I even ask them what areas are still difficult indicates that writing is always a work in progress--it's OKAY if everything isn't perfect. We'll write again another day; there is more time to improve.

Of course, moments of joy emerge from these memos, too. For students who lack confidence (and list everything as a challenge), I can give extra positive feedback for an emotional boost. Watching these students react to positive feedback when they were convinced everything was terrible is a beautiful sight indeed.

  Students as Active Participants in Assessment
  Student Ownership: Students as Active Participants in Assessment
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A Personal Declaration Essay, Writer's Memo

Unit 1: Persuasive Writing
Lesson 21 of 22

Objective: Students will be able to self-assess their growth as writers and their use of the writing process by completing a writer's memo for their personal declaration essay.

Big Idea: How have you improved? Why? Using reflection to create better writers.

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