Reflection: Essay Writing Taking A Quiz And Editing Writing - Section 4: Independent Work


The writing they did on the chart shows improvement. I still see some papers that suffer from the same weaknesses I have been addressing, but I am now more confident that these are because these particular students need more support from me and not because they were careless with their writing. This student sample of improved analytical writing is actually the revised version of the chart I uploaded in the previous lesson. Here, the student greatly improved on the first sentences and applied the guidelines I set for them. She has an analytical verb, demonstrates, is explaining the quote and connecting it directly to the concept she identified, a sexist belief that males are superior. Her second sentence still needs work. It is still repetitive, but this is a step in the right direction.

At this point, I have been pushing students to improve writing by focusing on a couple of quotes at a time and producing only a couple of sentences of writing at a time. I chose to do this because it is more manageable. I am absolutely able to give every single student feedback and hold one-on-one conversations about what they wrote. I know I would not be able to work with them this closely had this been a long essay. Also, what I am attempting to do with these activities is to work on the fundamentals of analytical writing and get as many students as close to mastery as possible at a smaller scale. My hope is that when they work on their next longer piece of writing, which is very soon, all this work will pay off. We’ll see.

  Essay Writing: Finally, One Step Forward In the Development of Analytical Writing
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Taking A Quiz And Editing Writing

Unit 1: Reading Their Eyes Were Watching God
Lesson 12 of 12

Objective: SWBAT show that they read and comprehended a central piece of American Literature by taking a quiz. SWBAT strengthen their ability to cite textual evidence to support written analysis by editing written work.

Big Idea: Multiple ways of digesting a novel we just read.

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English / Language Arts, quiz, analytical writing
  45 minutes
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