Collaboration: During our workshop, we discussed what were the key components that everyone focused on while writing their informational essay. My writers came up with a list of five. Done, simple, and most importantly easy to assess.
- strong opening (lead)
- content specific vocabulary
- body - flow and stronger sentences
- choosing important evidence
- strong closing (wrap it up)
Grading: I have 26 writers in my class this year, and I read and evaluated 6 a night which I could manage. I had a goal, and I succeeded. I only graded for the five components and wrote down notes for each writer, so I could gather information to inform next week's instruction.
Grouping: On the fifth night, I looked for patterns which would be a an important review for mini lessons. I have read several articles about writing partners, and intentional talk.
I've had some time to reflect on this process, and I am celebrating my quest for being a stronger teacher as well as implementing several ideas that Ruth has shared with us. I am anxious to return to school on Tuesday and share the plan for the week with my writers. Thanks friends for sharing in this week's celebration and continuing on my quest with me.
|This warmed my heart as I read Tara's comment.|
I am thankful to have friends like Ruth and Tara to lead
me as a writer.