Reflection: Conferencing Revising Memoir Drafts Through Word Function Analysis - Section 2: Revising Memoir Arguments/One on One Consultation


This was a valuable day for working one on one with the students, particularly to help focus their central ideas.  A number of students had worked last night on their revisions, knowing that today was a day for one on one discussion; I could tell from their descriptions that the work we did this week regarding expanding their subjects has paid great dividends regarding description and narrative richness.  What they are still struggling with, however, is making sure that the narratives are structured in such a way as to always keep their central idea in mind—that the narrative parts should show that central idea.  As I talked with students, what I realized is that they are having a hard time narrowing this central idea—“showing how girls are influenced by image,” for example, is a bit too big for an essay like this.  So I spent time with each student talking through what specific central idea they want the audience to get from reading their piece.  These discussions were much easier because students had a strong draft already, and had worked on the narrative parts.  Today was also valuable to catch this particular issue of central idea, so their drafts will be stronger before I collect them Monday for more focused consultation.

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Revising Memoir Drafts Through Word Function Analysis

Unit 7: Writing Memoir as Argument
Lesson 7 of 7

Objective: SWBAT analyze the function of verbs, noun groups, and prepositional phrases in their own drafts and use their conclusions to revise their memoirs.

Big Idea: Analyzing patterns of parts of speech in a text can lead to stronger, conscientious revisions.

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