Reflection: Checks for Understanding Revision Tips - Section 1: Whole Group Review


Travels With Charley is different from anything else we have read this year.  I am in no rush to push my students through it, having already accepted the fact that we will not complete it before school is out for the year.

Instead, I am approaching the text slowly and strategically, allowing it to settle with my students like a fine meal (Dare I say fine wine? They are, after all, only 8th-graders).  It's almost as though I am hoodwinking them into liking the book, and feel that this is best done by not assigning large chunks of it for outside reading.  This is a text to play with, to explore the layers of context around which Steinbeck is thinking and commenting, and to enjoy the invitation into his world he offers readers through his voice and tone.

I like teaching a text this way, though I do not often have the opportunity.  I do believe that it is nice to model this pace for students every once in a while, as it has the potential to remind them that reading is not a chore, but a gift.

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Revision Tips

Unit 13: To Kill A Mockingbird Part III
Lesson 7 of 10

Objective: SWBAT to review a brief series of tips for revising their argument essays, then apply the advice to revising their drafts.

Big Idea: “Writing and rewriting are a constant search for what it is one is saying.” — John Updike

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