Reflection: Positive Reinforcement Adding Explanation to Essays - Section 2: Adding Explanation


As I mentioned in the lesson narrative, I find using students work for examples and practice to be beneficial for all students, most of all the students whose work is shared. I intentionally use work from students who may say English just isn't their thing in an attempt to create more positive feelings toward the class, and today that strategy worked.

None of the students said a word, but their faces lit up -- they knew I recognized their work as a good model for the class, and they felt good about it.

Small touches like this go so far toward creating a positive classroom community, and they are so simple and easy to include.

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Adding Explanation to Essays

Unit 1: Persuasive Writing
Lesson 10 of 22

Objective: Students will be able to explain details in essays by practicing writing body paragraphs.

Big Idea: Connect, don't repeat--adding good explanation to body paragraphs.

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