Reflection: Adjustments to Practice Drafting an Essay - Section 2: Reviewing the Parts of an Essay


The annual state test is coming up, and I, like you, feel the pressure to not waste a single moment of a single day.  I had the opportunity to attend a workshop on writing and the Common Core however, and while I'm glad I did, it meant being out of the classroom on an important day.

You never know what you're going to get with a substitute.  Or at least, in my district, I never know what I'm going to get. All too often, it seems as though they don't read through the lesson plans I give them, or students don't listen because of the "just a sub" culture we seem to have going on, or the substitute doesn't show up and so other teachers are covering on their prep, and the list goes on an on.

I thought I'd left lesson plans that the substitute could read to the students.  It failed miserably, which means that I'm going to need to spend a day catching up.

Is it better to leave something too simple that students can complete?  Or leave the plan and hope for the best?  I know in the grand scheme of things, one day doesn't make that much of a difference, but it's hard to believe that one week out from the state writing test.

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Drafting an Essay

Unit 11: Analyzing Literature and Integrating Knowledge with Act 2 of “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street”
Lesson 13 of 14

Objective: Students will be able to write an informative essay by reviewing the parts of an essay, brainstorming, and starting a rough draft.

Big Idea: Things get rough when you write a rough draft.

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English / Language Arts, Writing, informative essay
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