Thursday, March 17, 2011

Thursday, March 17th, 2011


Children's Stories
  • We spent time finishing up last-minutes details on our stories:  punching, binding, filling out the rubric.
Short Stories
  • Amanda read today.  We annotated her story, then each gave her a verbal comment.
  • Ethan started his story, but we did not have time to finish it.  Everyone will finish annotating it for homework for MONDAY.

Here's the agenda we followed in class today.  Everyone has a paper copy of it, but Tiffany, this is for you.  :-)

Peer Conferencing—Revised Prose #1 (In Class; 3/17/2011)
1. Label your second draft “SECOND DRAFT” in big letters across the top.
2. Staple your Revised Prose #1 like this:
a. Second Draft (on top)
b. Peer Conference Sheet (in middle)
c. First draft (on bottom)
3. Pick four questions from “Having a Writing Conference with Yourself,” and write them down on your Peer Conference Sheet for Revision.  
4. Write down what you want the peer conferencer to look for regarding EDITING: punctuation; spelling/typos; grammar; MLA format; paragraphing;
5. Look at Ryan and Kailey’s conference.  This is what an excellent conference looks like.
6. Know what a strong peer conference is
a. at least TEN constructive comments on the person’s draft, 
b. AND you answer all four questions on the Peer Conference Sheet
7. The quality of work you do on this is worth 20% of your entire revision grade—so it’s huge.
8. Make an even trade with someone of the opposite gender. 
9. Complete a thoughtful, thorough peer conference for your partner.
10. Once you get your prose back from your partner and read over all the comments, lay it 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
1. Repeat the above steps #1-10 with Prose #2.
2. You must make an even trade with someone DIFFERENT than you did for Prose #1.

After You’ve Completed BOTH Prose Revision Peer Conferences

Writing Workshop—Revise Poem #1  (Start in class; 3/17; finish for homework)
1. Read over page 6 in your revision packet—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 #1.
3. Get out the piece you’re revising for Poem Revision #1 
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 yourself from #1—Advice for Revising …Poetry.
6. Save and print!  Keep your two drafts safe until tomorrow.  (We’ll peer conference tomorrow.
7. Repeat steps 1-6 with POEM REVISION #2 
8. IF you finish #7, take a few minutes to EDIT the six pieces you want to put in your portfolio (the ones that aren’t getting revised).   

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.

  • We read!  Big surprise, I know!

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