Reflection: Joy A Personal Declaration Essay, Library Share and Submission - Section 2: Library Share


While this activity does not connect to any one CCSS, I believe it's value as a community builder and as an academic celebration makes it worth the time.

Students need to recognize and be recognized for their hard work--it's a significant factor in motivation. When students simply turn in a major assignment and wait for teacher assessment, the work is sometimes, perhaps even often, associated with dread and dislike.

I don't want my students to associate writing and major assignments with negative feelings. I want them to feel valued for what they have learned and accomplished, and I believe that hearing validation from their peers can make that happen.

  Standards? No. Worthwhile? Yes.
  Joy: Standards? No. Worthwhile? Yes.
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A Personal Declaration Essay, Library Share and Submission

Unit 1: Persuasive Writing
Lesson 22 of 22

Objective: Students will be able to give positive peer feedback by participating in a library share of their essays.

Big Idea: A library share celebration offers immediate positive feedback.

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