Reflection: Intervention and Extension Reuse What We Know: Starting a Second Piece of Writing - Section 3: Preparation


The revising process seems to be the hardest thing for 4th graders to do. They often hear revising as, “Fix that stuff you did wrong the first time” instead of “as an author, you have the opportunity to find the best ways to write your story”. Therefore, sometimes when I teach revising lessons such as this one, students want to just focus on the specific phrases, sentences or words that they want to change or the one or two sentences to add rather than a skill or strategies. I pay close attention to those students and help them turn their specific work into a broader goal. For example, “I should add a sentence here that tells what my mom said at that moment” might be a specific revision that works for that story but “I should include dialogue to make my writing better” will work for any story. 

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Reuse What We Know: Starting a Second Piece of Writing

Unit 11: Personal Narratives: Digging Into Our Toolbox
Lesson 4 of 9

Objective: SWBAT reflect on recently learned skills and choose one to focus on as they develop a new piece of writing.

Big Idea: It is a much stronger lesson if students realize that what they learn is not only for the now but also for the future as well.

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English / Language Arts, Writing, narrative voice, 4th grade, revising, personal narrative, goal setting, self assessment, publishing, narrative
  20 minutes
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