I start class on this third and final day of this lesson by asking the students to do some reflection. I ask them to think about the first two days, their own progress, and their own needs. I then ask them to rate how confident they feel about completing the task. I ask the students to rate themselves on a scale of 1-5 where a 1 means the student needs quite a bit more help, and a 5 means that the student feels supremely confident in his or her ability to complete the task with no help from me (the teacher). I then make any seating adjustments necessary to create 3 sections in the classroom. One section is composed solely of the students who do not feel they need my help, a second section that may need some help throughout the period, and a third group that is made up of the students that feel they are most in need of my help and support to complete the task. This way, I can focus a majority of my attention on the students who need it, and will not interrupt the students who are working well in their table groups and/or independently.
The remainder of the class period is dedicated to completing this task. I want to be sure that each and every student submits a close read for grading that he or she feels is a passing effort and meets the standards and expectations we have established. I go back through the Powerpoint, step-by-step, slide-by-slide, as the higher needs group and I work to get through, and the other two are able to follow along as needed.
I have included Highwayman Close Read Student Work samples, imperfect, but certainly an accurate representation of the overall efforts. Additionally, I review this work and address some items I am looking for specifically in the Reviewing Student Work video.