Reflection: Writing Across the Disciplines What Do Our Memories Hold? Day 2 of 3 - Section 4: Independent Writing


How did my students do with responding to, how does the author get ideas for writing?

The SheDidGetIdeasFromHerGrandmother piece lets us know that she wrote this book because her grandmother cooked a lot, which the author's grandmother did and it influence her writing. I was looking for her to elaborate and add the why.

The rest of the students answered a different question, how was life for the author as a writerASimpleResponse states with good reasons that her life was happy because she was always smiling. This is a good inference to make since all her photos do indeed show her smiling. Additionally, this students adds that that she used her imagination which answered the question above. The piece SheDoesuseherImagination also points this out.

I am not sure how I miscommunicated with my sub for this day since most of the students responded to the question, how was life for the author as a writer? But, these things happen. 

The next piece Yes,WritingIsHardWork states that her life was fun. Again, there is plenty of evidence in the text to suggest this idea, and I wished my student would have provided evidence for that.

Lastly, the piece, happyasAWriter does provide evidence of why her life was happy and tells how the author mixes her memories of when she was little and big with her imagination to write her books.

  Writing Across the Disciplines: Independent Writing
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What Do Our Memories Hold? Day 2 of 3

Unit 4: Stirring Up Memories, An Autobiography
Lesson 2 of 6

Objective: SWBAT ask and answer questions to understand key details about an informational text.

Big Idea: We draw inspiration to write from different places. My students continue to read Stirring Up Memories closely to find out where the author gets her ideas to write.

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