Reflection: Writing Across the Disciplines Sharing Our Ideas Through Media - Section 3: Writing


One idea that I think is very important to get across to my class is that THEY should always go back and reread their own work.  Many times it seems like the children like to just hand me their work and expect me to tell them what to correct in their writing, when they are very capable of doing this for themselves.  

I try to make them know that I do this very same thing all of the time.  I go back and reread what I have written to make sure it makes sense.  I tell them that when I am writing my brain is thinking of ideas faster than I can write them down.  Sometimes I think I have written a specific word and then when I go back and reread, I realize that I have not written that word at all.  It happens to all of us, so it is important to go back and reread your work.

Once the children understand that this happens to adults, too, they seem more willing to do this for themselves. Click here for a video of a student explaining why we reread.  I was proud of him for finding his own mistakes.  It is just one step in getting the children to be more independent workers.

  Writing Across the Disciplines: Why Do We Reread Our Work?
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Sharing Our Ideas Through Media

Unit 5: Building Towers and the Engineering Design Process
Lesson 16 of 16

Objective: The SWBAT create, share and publish their own work to describe the process of building their paper towers.

Big Idea: Engineers share their ideas and so do we! The children will create a cartoon-like character and a voice-recording of the steps they took to design their tower!

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