Reflection: Unit Planning Students Reflect On Their Own Writing - Section 2: Levels of Text Protocol


What wonderful discussions!  The single sentence conversation starter seemed to give them the go-ahead to share all of their challenges, frustrations, successes, etc.  Because they were so engaged in talking about their writing experiences and process, I waited a while before re-directing some groups to the 5 principles from Hale--I mostly did this if it seemed like they needed prompting to deepen the discourse.  One group didn't really follow the protocol, instead having a more free-form conversation.  Sometimes I will force the issue with sticking to the protocol, but in this case it didn't seem appropriate to enforce structure where it wasn't needed. 

I also had a chance to read their reflections--most were very thoughtful, integrating the parts of speech and syntax discussions of previous lessons.  In fact, since they were so thoughtful, I've decided to hold on to them for the time being, and give them back in a couple of months once they've done some writing, so they can reflect on changes.  I didn't put any comments or score them--that felt like it would take away from the impact of the process.

There were a couple students who took the assignment prompt a bit too literally, focusing too much on the five principles of Hale rather than their own writing.  I've included two examples here--sample 1 reflection sample 1.docx, from one of my more accomplished writers, eloquently reflected on her writing process while touching on the Hale piece (most did something like this, though not so eloquently).  Sample 2 Reflection sample 2.docx shows how the student gave a tour of the five principals more than reflected on their own writing, and showing me that I'll have to add a bit of clarity to the instructions.

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Students Reflect On Their Own Writing

Unit 1: The Function of Language
Lesson 4 of 4

Objective: SWBAT develop an awareness of their own writing voice by analyzing their own writing process and explaining their process to peers.

Big Idea: Reflecting with purpose will help improve writing by making what students already do well and not so well clear.

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