Reflection: Organizational Systems How to Spot a Final Draft - Section 3: Final Checklist


Frankly, it's rare that I have students all finish writing at the same time. In the short amount of time I've spent teaching, I usually have a few students (depending on the size of the class) who simply write slower than others, or whose frustration with writer's block has left them behind. 

I try to think about the student's experience with writing in the past, and the level of writing I am asking from them.  In assessing a student's writing history I find that they have little experience writing or finishing a paper, I focus more on the experience of the entire process.  This means I sometimes work with a student for a few extra days, or sometimes weeks.  However, I feel that the experience of completely finishing a paper to final editing is highly important. Often frustrated high school student writers get into a battle of wills with teachers stubbornly refusing to finish in the hopes that the teacher will move on. This only reinforces in the student's mind that she is not a writer, and is wasting her time trying to write to begin with. 

When we arrive at the "last day" for writing in class, I know that for some students it isn't the last day, and I make sure they know that as well.  As a result of my patient persistence, I only have a few students who struggle to finish and they know to let me know before the deadline that they need more time.

  When Students Don't Write at an Even Pace
  Organizational Systems: When Students Don't Write at an Even Pace
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How to Spot a Final Draft

Unit 9: The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Lesson 11 of 11

Objective: SWBAT evaluate their writing to determine if they are ready to submit their final draft.

Big Idea: How do students know when they are finished with an essay? What constitutes a final draft?

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English / Language Arts, proofreading, brainstorming, character trait, drama interpretation, Shakespeare, editing, final draft, supporting evidence, foreshadowing, dramatic structure, interpretation, dramatic literature, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, uncertainty, rough draft
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