Monday, March 21, 2011

Friday, March 18, 2011


  • We went to Stewart to read Mrs. Murphy's class our stories, then take pics with and give books to our writing buddies.


  • Finish annotating Ethan's story for Monday.


Here's Friday's agenda:

Peer Conferencing—Poem #1 Revision
1. Label your second draft “SECOND DRAFT” in big letters across the top.
2. Staple your Revised Poem #1 like this:
a. Second Draft (on top)
b. Peer Conference Sheet (in middle)
c. First draft (on bottom)
3. Pick four questions from Advice for Revising and Editing Poetry to write down on your Peer Conference Sheet for Revision.
4. Pick three editing things you want your peer conferencer to look for:  punctuation; spelling/typos; grammar; MLA format; paragraphing, etc.
5. Look at Dana’s set of revisions
a. P. 11 = First Draft
b. P. 10 = Peer Conference Sheet
c. P. 9 = 2nd Draft
d. P. 8 = Final Draft
e. P. 7 = Final Self-Evaluation (how you and I are going to grade this)
f. What changes do you see between her first and final drafts?
g. What comments did Carissa make that were helpful peer conference comments
6. Remind yourself what a strong peer conference is, and keep up the solid work you started yesterday:
a. at least TEN constructive comments on the person’s draft,
b. AND you answer all four questions on the Peer Conference Sheet
7. Make an even trade with someone NEW, someone you didn’t conference with on Revision #1 or Revision #2.
8. Once you get your poem back from your partner and read over all the comments, pop it in the RED folder on the BACK CIRCLE TABLE.  I will check over it, then get it back to you later in the block.

After You’ve Turned In Your Completed Peer Conference

Writing Workshop--Revise Poem #2
1. Read over page 6—Advice for Revising and Editing Poetry
2. Put a star by five questions you’d like to answer when you create your second draft of Poem #2.
3. Get out the piece you’re revising for Poem Revision #2.
4. Open up your iBook file, and hit “TRACK CHANGES”.
5. REVISE to a second draft, making a MINIMUM of ten changes.  USE THE FIVE QUESTIONS you asked in Step 1.
6. Save and print!  Keep your two drafts safe until Monday for the final peer conference.

Leave the MLA format ON all your revisions.  That’s part of the editing grade.
Later in the week, when you are printing things for your PORTFOLIO, REMOVE the MLA format for the heading.  And change the spacing and font to be whatever you want them to be.

After You’ve Saved and Printed Your Revised Poem #2
Writing Workshop—Create the final draft of the Perfect Moment
1. Carefully re-read your Perfect Moment.
2. Is it over a page?  If so, it’s probably too long.  Subract!  ☺
3. Carefully re-read your partner’s peer conference comments.
4. Re-read the rubric, so you know what you’re shooting for in this final draft.
5. Open the Perfect Moment on your iBook, make sure TRACK CHANGES is still on, and make your final revisions!
6. Save it, print it, and fill out the rubric.
7. Staple the rubric, then the final draft, on top of everything else.
8. Throw it in the drawer!

Homework for Monday


  • We walked to the Public Library to read today.

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