Reflection: Student Ownership Twelfth Night Sonnets: Drafting - Section 2: Drafting Using the Template


One of the things that I like so much about the second half of the school year is observing student growth and development.  It's not like we are marking their heights on the wall (though some have definitely grown that way, too!)  Instead, they become more mature, and that is really evident in their approach to peer editing.

Peer editing is such a tricky thing.  To do it effectively, students must feel confident in their judgments...and safe enough to express them.  Every teacher has had a peer editing workshop wherein students just tell each other "it was good."  That is frustrating and counterproductive, especially when, chances are, it really wasn't very good.

Today, when we had time for collaboration and peer editing, I saw some really exciting things going on.  Students were directing other students to resources.  Two girls, who are usually very chatty, were actually giving each other GOOD advice about their poems.  Everyone was working.  It was noisy and a little chaotic, but POETRY WAS HAPPENING.

And I have evidence!


  Taking Ownership of the Writing Process
  Student Ownership: Taking Ownership of the Writing Process
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Twelfth Night Sonnets: Drafting

Unit 8: Twelfth Night, or What you Will
Lesson 8 of 14

Objective: SWBAT create a Shakespearean sonnet in the correct form, while writing from the perspective of a character in Twelfth Night.

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