Reflection: Performance Tasks Writing to Text Structure: Description - Section 3: Independent Practice


To really assess whether or not the students fully understood the structure of description, I wanted them to demonstrate their knowledge by writing to that structure.  I knew I would be met with some resistance because of the writing.  However, I was surprised by how little resistance I ended up being met with after all.

I think the students really liked having the choice of topic and this helped them move past that initial "stuck" phase. 

For the most part, I would say ninety percent of the students demonstrated mastery with the concept.  They were able to produce coherent pieces written in the structure.  They produced very well written paragraphs that described something using details, adjectives and strong verbs. 

The students who struggled got stuck more in the chronological structure of writing.  They still just wanted to tell me a story.  I will work with these students, showing them additional examples and helping them rewrite their paragraphs. 

  Performance Tasks: Paragraphs
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Writing to Text Structure: Description

Unit 6: Unit 4 Text Structure
Lesson 3 of 11

Objective: SWBAT to write a paragraph using the text structure of description.

Big Idea: Paint me a picture in my mind! Students write descriptive paragraphs about their chosen topic!

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English / Language Arts, structure (Composition Basics), cause and effect, chronological order, problem and solution
  54 minutes
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