Reflection: Complex Tasks The West Wind Blows Students' Minds! - Section 4: Begin Sonnet and Ode Writing


Due to time constraints, not all of my classes had the same amount of time to begin drafting their poems in class.  This is unfortunate, for in the classes that did have ample time, the energy was buzzing as students called me over to see what they were creating, and had fun sharing their early lines with each other.  The next time I teach this lesson, or even the next time I introduce a writing assignment to my students, I will be more protective of the amount of time they are given to get started on it in class.

I have alluded to this idea before, but I will say it again: the more student writing that takes place under your nose as a teacher, the better.  One of the more salient points that has stuck with me after reading "Pathways to the Common Core" (Calkins, Ehrenworth, Lehman) is the warning that "when you outsource writing time, you lose all opportunity to coach and give feedback to writers while they are in the process of writing" (125).  I could not agree more.  

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The West Wind Blows Students' Minds!

Unit 5: Bad Boy Part I
Lesson 9 of 12

Objective: SWBAT review Shelley's "Ode to the West Wind" as a whole group, then begin composing their own ode or sonnet.

Big Idea: "Make me thy lyre . . ." (Shelley): Students try their hands at sonnets and odes.

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