Are students constrained when they write five-paragraph essays? If we change our working definition of essay writing, then we can teach beyond the five-paragraph essays we often see in schools.
Providing options for paper allows all your students to do the same type of writing (opinion, persuasive, or argument) in many different ways. Differentiating the materials makes it possible for all your students to do the work–without having to resort to a formula or fill-in-the-blank worksheet.
As part my MFA program, I’ve had to write eight page papers on a paragraph or two of text. That’s a lot of words about not too many words. I’ve … Continue Reading Literary Essays: Setting the Stage
The Question Formulation Technique is a powerful instructional strategy across content areas.
I’ve been doing quite a bit of thinking about literary essays lately. The topic first came up in early May when I was consulting with a third grade teacher who … Continue Reading When’s the right time to start writing literary essays?
I received a question earlier this evening about what’s next in my Writing Workshop: What do you usually do next in writing workshop? I just finished persuasive writing, and this … Continue Reading What’s Next?
In case you’re wondering what the on-demand assessment (aka: Quick Publish Assessment) I was blogging about earlier looks like, here’s what it looks like: LITERARY ESSAY QUICK PUBLISH ASSESSMENT TASK: … Continue Reading Quick Publish Assessment for Literary Essay
When my students return from vacation they’re going to be spending a week in their notebooks before we start our memoir unit of study. (We’re saving poetry for last since … Continue Reading Thinking about on-demand lit. essay writing
Someone once told me that an experienced teacher asks, “How are the kids doing?” rather than asking “How am I doing?” I’ve found that to be more and more true … Continue Reading Reflections: Growth
1. Noticing the growth in a young writer: I conferred with one of my students today who fought with me tooth-and-nail at the beginning of the school year when it … Continue Reading Writing Things That Make Me Happy
I didn’t teach the literary essay unit of study until last year. Why? I WAS SCARED TO DEATH TO TEACH IT! It seemed so complicated and so important… what if … Continue Reading Confessions of a Writing Teacher
I was debating whether or not I should create a Literary Essay Rubric before I got to work this morning or once I was there. I opted for creating it … Continue Reading Literary Essay Rubric
My 4th grade students did a unit of study in Reading Workshop entitled “Writing About Reading” this past fall. Therefore, they’ve become pretty adept at citing the text. However, I … Continue Reading Citing the Text
My students are going to be drafting while I’m out of the room doing reading assessments this-coming Thursday. Hence, I’m a little bit panicked since I don’t like being out … Continue Reading Draft Plans for Literary Essays
It’s true what Lucy always said about speaking loud enough so other students hear you while you confer… they do learn by listening in! I’ve known this for awhile, but … Continue Reading Conferring
I am creating a list of writing partnerships for my students’ Literary Essay Unit of Study based on the texts they’ve selected to examine, from the packet of 11 texts … Continue Reading I’m a bit astonished!
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the thesis statements my students are going to start crafting for their literary essays lately. Therefore, in addition to the graphic organizer … Continue Reading Thinking About Thesis Statements
Kate mentioned that some of our students might need assistance with developing their thesis statements. Therefore, I created a graphic organizer for students to use to help them develop a … Continue Reading Thesis Statement Creation
You know the student who always rushes through assignments? You know, that kid… the one who sacrifices quality to finish his/her work? Well, I thought one of my students was … Continue Reading Amaze Me!
I’ll begin immersing my students in the literary essay genre tomorrow. I’m fortunate to have had some wonderful students last year who graciously allowed me to share their essays with … Continue Reading Immersion Begins Tomorrow