Reflection: Modeling Analyzing Evidence In "Self-Reliance" - Section 4: Drafting Topic Sentences


I like to collaborate with students to create a model for what is expected of them, like we did today to draft a topic sentence for the evidence I preselected for us. It gives me a glimpse into students’ thinking and helps me clarify misunderstanding. For instance, today the collaborative work allowed us to see an example of what I don’t want them to do, which is write topic sentences that lead to summaries. The middle sentence in this image, which was suggested by one student, is the one that sticks too close to information straight out of the text and I was able to steer students away from this. The drawback is that it is difficult to get everyone involved in the process. It is difficult to avoid a small group of students participating and taking advantage of this time to practice this skill. To avoid this, it would be a good idea to give students a couple of minutes to draft a sentence on paper on their own and share in small groups followed by sharing out to the entire class. This way, every student would have given this a shot and would be able to compare their work to their classmates’.

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Analyzing Evidence In "Self-Reliance"

Unit 13: Transcendentalism
Lesson 5 of 13

Objective: SWBAT analyze textual evidence by grouping different pieces of evidence based on the they address.

Big Idea: Highly scaffolded writing lessons to avoid the wild, wild west of writing.

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