Reflection: Writing Across the Disciplines Why Did the Dinosaurs Disappear? Day 1 of 2 - Section 5: Independent Writing


What does their writing show? How did they do with their explanations about the theories about why the dinosaurs disappeared?

On student writes a sentence about how T-rex is a bad dinosaur, which shows he missed understanding the task: Simple Explanation.

Another student does a good job of providing evidence from the selection providing different ways in which the dinosaurs died. He starts by writing, "Scientists think.." This is a phrase I did ask them to keep in mind. I wrote it on the white board, so I am glad it provided an anchor for his writing: GettingAtTheGist.

Another student was good about directly answering the question. She stated how the dinosaurs did not have food because the dust blocked the sun. Then, her writing becomes a little disorganized but I feel she understood the task. There is another example of writing that needs much spelling revisions yet, he still was able to show me that he did understand the writing task: GoodExplanationofWhyTheDinosaursDisappeared.

Another student did a good job at exploring some ideas. Yes, there was no food because it was cold, and it was cold because the sun was blocked: ExploringSomeIdeasOfWhyTheDinosaursDisappeared.

The last piece shows what happens when this students is not trying his best: NeedsHelpWithSpellingButIsMakingAttemptToExplain. It was hard to work with him because he seemed very distracted. Even with all his spelling erros, at least, his writing does show him tackling the theories of why the dinosaurs disappeared.

Lastly, I am happy about the academic language that is showing up in their writing. My class is mostly made up of ELL students, so the more opportunities to teach them new vocabulary, the better.

  Writing Across the Disciplines: Independent Writing
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Why Did the Dinosaurs Disappear? Day 1 of 2

Unit 2: Dinosaurs
Lesson 2 of 3

Objective: SWBAT to ask and answer questions to understand key details in an informational text about the different theories of why the dinosaurs disappeared.

Big Idea: Many ideas exist that explain the disappearance of the dinosaurs. Students sift through these theories while learning to hone in on key details and text evidence.

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