Reflection: Student Self-Assessment “The End of Something” Essay Editing - Section 2: Collaborative Editing Session


I always make sure I ask students in advance to let me project their paper for the entire class and I let them know what I am going to highlight, the good and the bad. This way, students will not be surprised to see their paper projected and, more importantly, won’t be embarrassed when we all identify the weaknesses in their paper. The selling point I use when asking students to let me project their paper is that they are being courageous by putting their work up for public evaluation and helpful by letting us learn from their paper. Students rarely say they would rather not offer their paper for such purpose.

One important aspect of looking at student work together is that, because their work is being made public, they get a sense of what an audience experiences when reading their work. The message that I have been trying to get across, that a reader eases through a clear paper but stumbles through a poorly edited paper, really comes across when we read one paper together. An activity like this one helps instill the importance of polishing a paper as much as they can.

  The Value of Editing In Collaboration
  Student Self-Assessment: The Value of Editing In Collaboration
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“The End of Something” Essay Editing

Unit 5: Modernist Literature
Lesson 5 of 17

Objective: SWBAT learn the importance of polishing their written arguments by collaborating on the evaluation of peers’ papers.

Big Idea: A reader eases through a clear essay, but stumbles through a poorly edited paper.

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English / Language Arts, Writing Process, Modernism, citation (Research Writing), collaboration, Evaluating Student Writing, questioning strategy
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