Reflection: Real World Applications Narrative Writing Workshop: Creating Dickensian Pastiche (Day 3 of 3) - Section 2: Dickens and the Semi-Colon: Mini Lesson on Diction and Syntax


So, this was an epic fail today. My students were glazed eyed and bored into a stupor. Ack! I have always (ALWAYS) struggled with grammar instruction and vocab instruction. I was trained during the time when methods professors were promoting grammar and vocab in context. I totally believe that this is the best method of instruction, but no one really told me how to do it well.

Students see very little real world application for the formal rules and tools of grammar and conventions. They don't understand that being able to write better actually correlates to having a stronger impact on audience. Part of the problem is that there are very few authentic audiences for their writing, but it is also, largely, lack of motivation to break bad writing habits that have developed and calcified over the past eight years of schooling.

I am not throwing up my hands. I am, in fact, going to dive in a little closer and try to think of a better way to teach all of those pesky language standards. I'm not sure how to make it less mind-numbing, but I am going to give it my full effort over the rest of this semester and hopefully have better success than I saw in today's class.

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Narrative Writing Workshop: Creating Dickensian Pastiche (Day 3 of 3)

Unit 10: Narrative Writing: Creating, Revising and Publishing Narrative
Lesson 3 of 5

Objective: SWBAT demonstrate a command of the grammar, usage and conventions in standard English language by reviewing and drafting written narratives in the style of Charles Dickens.

Big Idea: With the big idea generation out of the way, it is time to get into the nuts and bolts of narrative writing technique.

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