Writing is Collaborative

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SWBAT interact and collaborate with others by sharing and commenting on their essays.

Big Idea

Using peer feedback to improve your writing.


5 minutes

To begin today's lesson, I ask students to open their literary analysis papers and begin rereading what they wrote in our last session.  I let them know that they're welcome to fix any mistakes they see or add or remove words to make the paper sound even better than it did yesterday.


Getting Down to Business

40 minutes

In today's lesson, students are going to comment on two of their peer's papers.  I do this by having the students share their documents with classmates via Google Drive.  However, if you do not have access to this type of technology, simply using printouts of their essays and sticky notes works just as well.

I make a class set of the Peer Feedback Questions, so that the students can use them for a reference as they work.

Before they begin reading and commenting, I remind them to be thoughtful and helpful as they write their comments.  We talk about how helpful it is when someone really makes us think about our writing.  The job of the peer reader is to inspire the writer to improve the piece, not to make them feel as though the writer didn't do a good job.

Did They Get It?

5 minutes

When there are five minutes left in class, I have my students wrap up their last comment to the writer of each paper.  I then ask the writers to take a few minutes and look at the comments.  If they need clarification on anything, they are welcome to ask their peer reader a question.