Reflection: Positive Reinforcement Mimicking A Poem To Represent O’Brien’s Views - Section 4: Feedback On Poems


Students have repeatedly engaged in activities where they give each other feedback on their writing. Those have mostly been for the purpose of improving their writing and they take place before they turn in a final draft of the written assignment. The purpose calls for a critical eye. For today’s activity I wanted students to focus on what did work, rather than on the weaknesses. A couple of details in my instructions worked well today and were necessary to achieve the purpose, which was to praise their efforts. Asking them to write their name next to the comment they made added accountability. Anonymous comments can encourage vague and meaningless comments. Also, I did tell them to use the phrase “This works because…” and that prompted them to make more specific comments. Here is a sample of the comments one poem received.  

  Positive Reinforcement: Students Comment On Poems
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Mimicking A Poem To Represent O’Brien’s Views

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

Objective: SWBAT show that they understand what Tim O’Brien expressed about the power of storytelling by mimicking a poem to fit his views.

Big Idea: Mimicking a poem provides a structure for students

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