Reflection: Complex Tasks Write Like London - Section 2: Writing Workshop


One of the hardest things to do, as a teacher, is to leave students alone to work.  After all, we are supposed to be interacting with them, guiding them, teaching them...right?  I often have to fight the instinct to have a chat or ask a question of a student when he or she is working, but I think it is really important to do so.  One of the things that I remember disliking in school is when teachers drone on and on or interrupt reading or writing for the sake of instruction.

So, my challenge during this time was to let students write, ask questions of each other, and use resources that they felt were appropriate.  Sometimes they DID need me, because London's writing -- even at the sentence level -- can be difficult, but basically I spent a lot of time walking around, supervising, and troubleshooting technology issues when they came up.

Note: Recently, I have started using Google Drive with my students and I love it.  They can use it to share work during peer editing, and it eliminates the "my flash drive is in my locker/in the classsroom/at home/lost issues that seem to plague eighth graders.

  Leaving students alone
  Complex Tasks: Leaving students alone
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Write Like London

Unit 4: Nature, Naturalism, and The Call of the Wild
Lesson 4 of 14

Objective: SWBAT use first lines from Jack London stories to begin original works of their own.

Big Idea: Great writers give students a head start.

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English / Language Arts, Reading, Comprehension (Reading), Jack London, writing from models
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