Reflection: Pacing Informational Writing: Cutting it to Pieces (Day 8 of 15) - Section 2: Setting a Purpose


The time spent here will vary greatly depending on how much “think aloud” you do and how quickly students catch on. When students begin to catch on, get them involved! Ask for their advice on which sentence should go next. Not only will this engage them, but also it will give you immediate feedback about if they understand the task and will be successful when they complete it independently.


One recommendation I do have about this activity is DO NOT have students cut out all sentences at once. You’ll end up with a sea of paper on students’ desk and they’ll feel like they’re trying to find that proverbial needle in a haystack. It’s a disaster… just trust me on that! I had a friend who didn’t listen well during the modeling and decided to do it his way once he returned to the desk. Big mistake. Big. 

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Informational Writing: Cutting it to Pieces (Day 8 of 15)

Unit 7: Informational Writing Project
Lesson 8 of 15

Objective: SWBAT revise their collected research into organized chapters.

Big Idea: After days of collecting research, students begin the revision process by cutting apart their drafts to reorganize facts into appropriate chapters.

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