Reflection: Performance Tasks A Mini Lesson On Syntax As Students Draft An Essay - Section 3: Application


I like this activity because I am literally forcing students to write using the type of complex language structures that make for good writing and they generally do well. I appreciate reading what they come up with, such as the samples in this lesson section. We’ve done this a total of three times this year and I don’t have concrete evidence that this skill has made it to their writing. Their writing has improved in general. At this point, I think it is a good idea to expect students to purposely use these sentence structures in their writing. I plan on doing that soon.

I also like this activity because it allows student to “play” with language, which I hope is enjoyable for them. Today I asked students if any of them enjoy doing this. This is usually a dangerous question, but this particular group of students enjoys doing this, which makes this lesson more enjoyable for me as well.

  Students Imitate Sample Sentences
  Performance Tasks: Students Imitate Sample Sentences
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A Mini Lesson On Syntax As Students Draft An Essay

Unit 10: Responses To The Things They Carried
Lesson 6 of 13

Objective: SWBAT learn and/or gain deeper understanding of a few sentence structures through direct instruction of these followed by an activity where students imitate these structures.

Big Idea: Imitating unfamiliar sentence structures is a great way of “playing” with language.

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English / Language Arts, Writing, Reading, responses to literature
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