Reflection: Pacing Generating Ideas for a Business Letter - Section 3: Writing Workshop: Drafting


I've never actually tried this tactic before--telling students that final drafts were due, when really, it's only rough drafts that are due.  I've certainly had them look at rubrics before to assess where they think they would fall on that rubric, but that's been with rough drafts.  My plan was to have them walk in with their final drafts, complete a revision activity, and have them revise their letters.  The letters would actually be due four days later, including two weekend days.


I'm writing this reflection after students have completed their revision activity that we did in the next lesson. I asked students to write an exit card describing what they thought of the revision love note activity in the next lesson.  No student wrote that this activity didn't help them.  No student wrote that their 'final draft' was fine and didn't need to be changed.  Even one of my most reluctant, passive learners recognized that his work needed, well, work. Whether or not this activity will result in changes is up in the air. Students will make changes--whether those changes are made on their own or with my help during an intervention period is the question.

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Generating Ideas for a Business Letter

Unit 3: Analyzing Literature and Writing Business Letters with Langston Hughes’ Thank You, M’am”
Lesson 10 of 10

Objective: Students will be able to to generate ideas for a business letter by writing, discussing, and citing evidence for ideas.

Big Idea: What are they doing now? Students write business letters from Mrs. Jones or Roger's point of view.

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