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Another Way of Responding to Student Writing

writing memoirs

This is the other way I respond to my students’ drafts for all assignments. I always attach a short narrative with my thinking about their writing. It’s almost like having a mini-conference (except there’s no interview-research… the research just comes from me reading their draft) with each child on paper.

Stacey Shubitz View All

Literacy Consultant. Author. Former 4th and 5th Grade Classroom Teacher.

3 thoughts on “Another Way of Responding to Student Writing Leave a comment

  1. Karen:

    Well, I honestly don’t get as much sleep as I should. I think that’s how it happens.

    I have 20 kids this year, but shockingly, I did this even when I had 32. It’s hard, but for some reason, I try to take the time because the kids have really responded to this method over the past two years.



  2. I think one of the hardest parts of being a writing teacher is the response to the students’ writing. Not that I don’t have anything to say, but wanting to give them meaningful feedback and finding the time to respond in such detail to 28 students. I am thoroughly impressed with both your narrative and your plus/minus feedback. How do you fit this in time-wise? Time is such a difficult commodity for me.


  3. I like your idea of writing in “twin sentences.” I think that’s something that would really make sense to the kids. Thanks!


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