Reflection: Connection to Prior Knowledge Assessing How Pip Has Changed and Why - Section 2: Brainstorming the question


I have been requiring thorough outlines with each piece of writing because I want to reinforce how necessary brainstorming is in the writing process. I am not requiring it for this essay; I decided to embracing "the art" of brainstorming, instead of what might be called "the science." Brainstorming is still necessary, but can be completed in a number of different ways. I watched today as students approached the process: some pulled out our old outlines to use as a model, others began a web, while others still created a series of bullet points and arrows connecting different ideas. It was so interesting to watch because I felt like I was watching the inner-workings of my students' brains. I love a full outline, as a writing and a teacher, but I have to acknowledge that we all think differently and other forms of brainstorming may also work just as effectively. This doesn't mean that I will stop insisting on thorough outlines, especially on long compositions, but it does mean that I can be less structured on quicker assignments, in order to let each brain work through the question in its own way.

  The Art of Brainstorming
  Connection to Prior Knowledge: The Art of Brainstorming
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Assessing How Pip Has Changed and Why

Unit 4: Great Expectations: Extending Knowledge
Lesson 6 of 7

Objective: SWBAT write informative texts to examine and convey complex ideas, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content by planning an explanatory essay on Great Expectations.

Big Idea: Start with a game, end with an essay. Making room for fun and work.

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