Reflection: Checks for Understanding Prewriting: Using the Seven-Step Analysis - Section 3: Getting Down to Business


The quick-write element of this assignment was new for this year.  Usually, I spend time with each student's analysis writing copious comments in an attempt to make sure they understand how to analyze a poem before we begin analyzing a second poem with our eyes on writing an essay.  I hand back the papers with comments and leave student to decipher my ideas on their own.

This year I decided to try something different: As the students were reading through the three poems and beginning their new analysis assignments, I flipped through the 3, 2, 1 quick writes to check for understanding.  As I read their 3 differences, 2 similarities, and especially the 1 question, I would wander towards that student and offer some words of clarification.  I invited the student to make a note on the analysis sheet they were currently working on to avoid further confusion as they progressed.

I was amazed at how receptive students were to my explanations and ideas.  I have always been a firm believer that students don't take to heart comments on summative assessments, simply because they feel as if the grade is set and there is nothing to be gained. However, this new way of checking in and conferencing with students was even more valuable than comments on a formative assessment, and way less time consuming for me too!  It was a much more organic and immediate type of feedback that I will be trying again in the future.

  Using Quick Writes for Quick Confereces
  Checks for Understanding: Using Quick Writes for Quick Confereces
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Prewriting: Using the Seven-Step Analysis

Unit 14: Analyzing Poetry for Writing & Discussion
Lesson 2 of 8

Objective: SWBAT analyze how figurative language, sound, and structure contribute to a poem's overall meaning using a seven-step process.

Big Idea: The Seven-Step Analysis helps us prepare for an analysis essay.

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