Reflection: Adjustments to Practice Creating Our Introductory Sentences - Section 3: Independent Practice


I remember when I was going through my undergraduate degree that it was drilled into our heads that we needed to model as much as we could for our students - especially for young students.  Sometimes modeling is good, but not if it means students are not getting a chance to apply what they've learned independently and in a new way. This means we have to think creatively about ways we can ask students to independently apply what they see us doing in a model, and sometimes that's hard because it means we need to step back more and let students struggle through at times.

I am trying to model enough for my students to understand what to do, but I'm not doing nearly as much "hand holding" as I've done in years past. As I get closer to the end of the year, I am starting to see how independent my students are and how confident they are in their own abilities.  I am much less reticent to have them grapple with material because I know there is power in the struggle.  Besides this, my students get to create with no limitations placed by me and they can truly show their creativity in their writing.

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Creating Our Introductory Sentences

Unit 5: Analyzing Author's Craft and Expository Writing on Sharks
Lesson 3 of 7

Objective: SWBAT select from a menu of strategies and combine them together in order to create an interesting introduction to their story.

Big Idea: You mean what I write actually has to be interesting to the reader? Since when have I ever had to think about my reader when I write?

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