Reflection: Advanced Students Nonfiction Text Features With "Dinosaur Detectives" - Section 3: Writing Our Own Book


I read my students' work once they finished their book.  I was pleased that the students labeled their dinosaurs well and were able to use the book as evidence without copying every detail from the book.  They were able to take the information and  write their book in their own words. 

I am continually trying to find ways to improve my teaching as well as my student's skills. I know that I sometimes make my lessons too teacher-directed.  In these cases, I want so much for my students to be successful that I end up doing most of the work.  I sometimes forget that there is power in the struggle.

After reading my students' work, I decided we were going to take a day to do some peer editing.  When editing with my students I usually edit my students' papers for them.  I decided that for our next small group lesson I would partner up my students and have them read each other's work. This lesson was geared towards my advanced students, and I decided we were going to give this a try.    

They would be looking for ways to fix capitalization and making sure their partner's sentences made sense.  You will be able to see how successful my students were by looking at their before and after work samples here: Student Work Dinosaur Detectives.docx.  My students did catch mistakes and others they totally missed.  Though it can be uncomfortable for me to have students do this without my direct support, I'm not going to give up because I know that by taking charge of their own editing process they will learn more.

  Advanced Students: Analyzing Student's Work
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Nonfiction Text Features With "Dinosaur Detectives"

Unit 14: Small Group Reading Lessons
Lesson 5 of 7

Objective: SWBAT use labels in their own informational texts.

Big Idea: How do we know about dinosaurs when people didn't live during that time period?

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English / Language Arts, analysis, narrative
  58 minutes
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