Reflection: Adjustments to Practice Analysis Essay: Editing, Publishing, and Portfolios - Section 4: Did They Get It?


This was the first year that I offered my students a choice of poems to use for their analysis essays.  I was hoping that reading different types of analysis papers would break up the monotony of reading so many essays on basically the same topic.  Thankfully, I was right!  I am amazed at how just this small change makes grading a large number of essays a little more bearable.

Now that I know this strategy works, I can see myself applying it to different situations.  Maybe students can have a choice of novel for an essay.

Besides being a benefit to me and my sanity, I can see how allowing student choice makes them take some ownership in their work. They chose it, after all. 

I would argue that one would have to make sure that all of the texts offered provide the same level of analysis opportunity.  You wouldn't want to offer a poem laden with figurative language and a poem with none at all for the same assignment.  However, with some forethought, this may be a good solution to my essay-reading blues!

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Analysis Essay: Editing, Publishing, and Portfolios

Unit 14: Analyzing Poetry for Writing & Discussion
Lesson 6 of 8

Objective: SWBAT demonstrate command of English conventions by editing an essay.

Big Idea: Make your final draft your best draft!

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