Reflection: Checks for Understanding Narrative Writing Workshop: Creating Dickensian Pastiche (Day 2 of 3) - Section 4: Wrap Up and Next Steps


So I collected their story maps today to check and see how well they did and how far they got with their story planning. Part of my logic with this was to give them some instant feedback, but the other bit of logic was to have some instant accountability for their work time. I don't know why I've never done this before--it was awesome! Students really dove into their work instead of putzing around and I felt like I was able to give really meaningful verbal feedback cause they were really working hard during the time provide. Additionally, I was able to put eyes on every paper before sending them off for the weekend and their individual drafting time. As an added bonus, I told students who didn't receive full points for their work that I would gladly accept more detailed/thoughtful story plans again on Monday for additional points.

There are so many great things about my blocked class and all the flexibility/overlap it allows. I will definitely be using this particular strategy again.

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Narrative Writing Workshop: Creating Dickensian Pastiche (Day 2 of 3)

Unit 10: Narrative Writing: Creating, Revising and Publishing Narrative
Lesson 2 of 5

Objective: SWBAT write narratives using effective writing techniques by mimicking Dickens' style to create additional chapters or scenes for A Tale of Two Cities

Big Idea: Dickens was the master of plot manipulation. Today's workshop will focus on brainstorming our own Dickensian sequence of events.

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