Reflection: Accountability Self-Revising Helps Students Succeed - Section 2: Self-Revising the Literary Analysis Essay


While we worked in the lab, I had several students ask, if I'm going to be honest, annoying questions. I know, I know--there is no such thing as a bad question. But who among us likes answering a question already addressed multiple times? I felt some frustration!

Fortunately for me, I have a handy tool to save my sanity and still allow students to get the answers they need--my website. This year, I've been working hard to NOT repeat instructions for students who simply didn't pay attention the first time through; instead, I'll tell them where they can find the answers on the website. And then I walk away.

Their reactions are sometimes comical:

"But... [flabbergasted face]... okay...."

"Oh yeah... [awkward chuckle]"

Sometimes they are irritated:

"Why can't you just tell me?"

Then, I return, but not to answer the original question. Instead, I share that they will not always have their teachers available to answer questions. As juniors in high school, they should learn to seek answers on their own. This has appeased those students who think I should "make it easy" for them. Perhaps someday they'll "get it" and seek their own answers in the first place.

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Self-Revising Helps Students Succeed

Unit 9: Expository Writing
Lesson 16 of 21

Objective: SWBAT self-revise for specific criteria to prepare for peer revision by checking essays against a requirement list.

Big Idea: Know your own work first--self-revise to help yourself and others.

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