Reflection: Draft and Edit a 'Star' Narrative - (Lesson 2 of 3) - Section 4: Write the Draft


In any classroom, writing and reading seem to be the 2 subjects that really separate out students by skill level. Writing an essay is a daunting task for any student, especially those with language challenges. Although this is true, I still believe that any student can succeed, given the help. In this prompting example, I am helping a student with very limited language toward putting an idea on paper. He knows what he wants to say and can tell me that my first suggestion is not what he wants, but really struggles to find the words and ideas to make it 'his own'. Take the time to give these students a chance - they can succeed with prompting and support at their own level and revel in their own success.

On the other hand, students with higher language levels find writing easier. For those students, encourage them to use more challenging concepts. This is an example of how I challenged a student to use quotation marks that would highlight what the speaker said. This punctuation was not the focus of the lesson and had not really been taught, but she needed a challenge and used them in her writing.

  Teaching to each skill level
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Draft and Edit a 'Star' Narrative - (Lesson 2 of 3)

Unit 7: Writing About Informational Text
Lesson 2 of 3

Objective: SWBAT draft a narrative to recount a short sequence of events about a person's life, using temporal words and creating a concluding paragraph.

Big Idea: Write the rough draft and using editing 'stars' to make it look great!

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English / Language Arts, Special Education, Writing, Martin Luther King Jr., 2nd Grade, biography, narrative, editing, rough draft
  45 minutes
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