Reflection: Intrinsic Motivation Writing Like the Dickens - Section 3: Let's Share


Every student was happy to share his or her work at the end of the class today. I wasn't really surprised by this, since they are having fun with this project, but it was a happy contrast from the sharing we did last week. Last week, students had to write their thesis statement for an open response about Great Expectations on the board. Some of the students were so nervous, just  sharing one sentence. And yet today, they eagerly allowed another student-- someone that they don't talk to as often as others-- read their story. It could have been because they only shared with one person today and not the entire class, but I think that it had more to do with the fact that they are proud of the work they are doing. They feel capable and empowered. I really want to figure out how to bottle some of this enthusiasm and apply it to analytical writing. Until I figure out how to do that, I am happy to see them excited to write. It reminds me to give tons of positive feedback during the analytical process, in an effort to extend the atmosphere from today's class. 

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  Intrinsic Motivation: Happy to Share
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Writing Like the Dickens

Unit 20: Serial Writing
Lesson 1 of 4

Objective: SWBAT write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequencing by writing a narrative, using Dickens' style as inspiration.

Big Idea: The creative writing process empowers students and excites them about writing.

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