Critical Responses to Writing

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SWBAT reflect on their ability to write narratives using effective technique, well-chosen details and well-structured events by reviewing and commenting on their final drafts.

Big Idea

The standards ask students to think critically about their writing. What better way to help them do this than providing time for authentic reflection.


10 minutes

We will start class with ten minutes of reading time. I will read with the students during this time.

Reflecting on Our Writing

15 minutes

Since Students submitted their final drafts of the Dickensian writing assessment to (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.6) last night, I want to spend time today asking them to reflect on their writing process and their final drafts.

To do this, I will give them a reflection sheet with guiding questions. The bulk of this sheet is built from the narrative writing standards (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.3), which are the basis for the rubric I am using to grade their final drafts. I will ask students to grade themselves on these standards and provide justification for how or why they feel they have earned the score they are giving themselves.

In addition, I will ask them to comment on how they channeled Dickens in their writing by explaining which narrative devices they chose to use and reflecting on how their choices enhanced their meaning and/or style (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.9-10.3).

The final question will ask them to reflect on their writing process and to comment on what they did to develop and strengthen their writing through the revision process (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.5). I want them to really think about what they are proud of and how they might have done better if they had given themselves more time.

I'm really excited to read these reflections and hope that it will help me learn more about my students' writing processes. I can observe them in class and grade their final drafts, but there is something powerful in letting them explain their thought process.

Wrap Up and Next Steps

5 minutes

Since today is a short Wednesday class (only 30 minutes), I will gauge this final section of class on how much time is left. I will collect their written reflections first then see if anyone wants to share a particularly poignant thought or reflection before the bell rings.