Reflection: Pacing Gathering Our Ideas - Section 3: Did They Get It?


Writing a literary analysis is a big undertaking, especially when it's your first one.  When I presented this lesson to my students, I found that their processing and writing speeds varied greatly.

Even though many students weren't completely done with the assignment, I did find value in collecting their work to see how they were doing.  What I found was that, even though some of them had very little on their papers, they were moving in the right direction. 

Because the prewriting step is so very important to a good final product, I allowed students to complete their work in class the next day.  I used the second class period as a study hall for my faster students; however, I did challenge them to make sure they had completed their prewriting as best they could.

By doing this, I could begin the thesis and outlining lesson with virtually everyone at the same point in their writing process (there's always one, isn't there?... sigh).  I think this will prove valuable in the end.  Here's hoping!

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Gathering Our Ideas

Unit 10: A Literary Analysis of Tom Sawyer
Lesson 1 of 5

Objective: SWBAT begin to plan a literary analysis essay by completing a prewriting graphic organizer.

Big Idea: Remembering all of Tom's missteps.

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