Reflection: Continuous Assessment Workshop Time: Drafting The Research Paper - Section 2: Workshop Time


Even though there is no formal assessment during this time, it's crucial to monitor as students working. Are they able to work independently? Can they use their time productively? Do they know how to work on research writing? These are all questions to ask during this time. It can also help you to adjust any planning that may occur after this.

I noticed most of my students have trouble beginning the introduction. I had to take a step back and look at whether or not this was an area that needed direct instruction or if certain students needed a push along the way. For me, it was that a few students needed a little push and confidence. They claimed writer's block, but really that were battling their lack of confidence. They already had ideas from their outline and they can easily turn those into sentences.

By monitoring students during this time, you can figure out the need of class and of certain students. Some may require one on one attention and perhaps you may need a large class instruction - perhaps a mini-lesson during this time or even a full class lesson the following day.

  Monitoring For Understanding
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Workshop Time: Drafting The Research Paper

Unit 7: Research Paper: Influential Lives Part III
Lesson 5 of 14

Objective: SWBAT work on drafting their research papers.

Big Idea: The biggest problem in writing: beginning the first sentence.

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