Independent Student Learning

Writing Prompt Pre-Planning

Even with the wealth of online resources used my classroom students are still exposed to traditional methods of instruction and organization, especially as it pertains to writing. To this end, graphic organizers are used as a way for students to do everything from capture notes to outlining a writing prompt. Students, especially those that are struggling readers often need a visual to help them organize and connect their thoughts. 

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Student Work Sample
 
 
Here is the discussion feature of Learning Management System. Students submitted their thesis and topic sentences [parts 1 & 2 of our writing process].
 
Student Work Sample
 
 
Here is the discussion feature of Learning Management System. Students submitted their thesis and topic sentences [parts 1 & 2 of our writing process].
Tanesha Dixon
Wheatley Education Campus
Washington, DC


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Moderate
Subject:
Social Studies
Grade:
Eighth grade
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