To begin our work today, I’ve asked a few students if I could share their work with the class. I tell the class that I want to share some great writing with them today! I read a few of the rough draft samples out loud! I tell the kids that I am so proud of each of their work and today is a special day-a day where we get to make “magic” happen! Today we get to put together our final drafts, or publish our writing to make it look finished and polished!
Just as we started yesterday, I want to set the stage of expectation and show the students what I’d like them to do today as they publish their final drafts, so I start by showing an example. I’ve created a final draft page for each student based on who they chose for their opinion writing piece. Since I’ve been modeling by writing about Alexander Graham Bell, I pull up the “Alexander Graham Bell Final Draft” file. I show the students how I remember to indent at the start of each paragraph, but then move back to the left margin to continue with the paragraph. I show the students that I follow the edits on my rough draft, and I also show students who I take my time and produce clear, neat handwriting that others can read and enjoy!
At this point, I want to label for students that they are working on publishing their work today, so I say, “Okay third graders! Let’s make some magic happen and start our publishing!” Students come over to the table, pick up their final draft paper, and get started at their desks!
As students are working, I circulate around the room and check that students are indenting, writing neatly, following their edits on their rough drafts, and working steadily on publishing their final drafts. I also offer guidance or answer questions students may have. As I walk around the room, there’s a slight hum… everyone’s working and engaged in their work! Exciting!
As student finish up, I collect their work to score using a rubric I’ve developed. I will also make sure that students have time to read their finished pieces to their classmates and then take them home to share them with their families! What a wonderful job they’ve done with their opinion writing!