Reflection: Flexibility Editing and Writing Final Drafts of an Informative Paragraph - Section 3: Writing a Final Draft


The best-laid plans are always subject to the whims of the universe.  Today's lesson was one such lesson.  Two-thirds of my students weren't able to participate in this lesson because they went on a field trip.  Luckily, this was a class where I could tell them that it was homework and they'd have to do it on their own.

If this were one of my co-taught classes, that wouldn't have worked. Sure, I could have told them that.  But would they have done it? And if they'd done it, would they have done it correctly? Practice makes perfect, but if a student is practicing imperfectly, then they're going to master the material. . . imperfectly. That's why the homework I give students isn't to complete classwork.  They do the classwork in class so I can help them.  So I can

  • help them with their sentence fluency.
  • make sure they've indented.
  • make sure that when they write the final draft, they're writing an actual paragraph and not a collection of indented sentences (you know you've seen this).

How would I have dealt with this issue then, for my co-taught classes?  The day of the field trip. we'd do the lesson as planned.  The students in the class would receive extra help.  The next day is when it would take additional planning.  The students that were done would become teachers.  I'd give them a task.  One student would go around to make sure that everyone was indenting.  Another student would go around to check that they were writing paragraphs, not indented sentences.  Students who don't complete their reading log homework would work on that.

Classtime would still be used for instruction, but students would still be receiving the help they need.

  Planning for Instructional Interruptions
  Flexibility: Planning for Instructional Interruptions
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Editing and Writing Final Drafts of an Informative Paragraph

Unit 9: What Happened to Emmett Till?: Analyzing Multiple Sources to Discover History
Lesson 10 of 10

Objective: Students will be able to use knowledge of language and its conventions by editing their own paragraphs and helping classmates edit their paragraphs.

Big Idea: Students get feedback from their peers to make their ideas and content shine through the use of correct conventions.

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