Reflection: Student Self-Assessment Analyzing Literary Devices through Writing - Section 2: Evaluating Reading Log Paragraph Homework


I continue to be fascinated and amazed by the simplest trick to get students to recognize errors in their own writing--to read it aloud. It shouldn't be so amazing.  I mean, what do you do when you revise? You reread it. Duh.

But students don't realize this. Students don't do this.

Why not? Because they're twelve and they haven't made that connection.  They don't necessarily realize that after they write something--anything--they can reread it.  I think it honestly doesn't occur to them. 

Therefore, my next habit-building goal is to make rereading what they wrote more of a habit than breathing.

Today's activity, where they read their paragraphs aloud to others and asked for feedback does that and allows them to assess their own writing.  When I graded these, I gave them the same grade that they did.  They could recognize when their commentary was weak, when it was fine, and when it was effective. 

  Evaluating Their Own Work
  Student Self-Assessment: Evaluating Their Own Work
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Analyzing Literary Devices through Writing

Unit 11: Analyzing Literature and Integrating Knowledge with Act 2 of “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street”
Lesson 4 of 14

Objective: Students will be able to analyze protagonists, antagonists, climax, and conflict by reviewing fishbowl discussions and writing paragraphs.

Big Idea: Students demonstrate their understanding from fishbowl discussions by writing paragraphs.

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