Self-Monitoring to determine the meaning of an unknown word

Self-Monitoring to determine the meaning of an unknown word
Self-Monitoring to determine the meaning of an unknown word
Self-Monitoring to determine the meaning of an unknown word
Self-Monitoring to determine the meaning of an unknown word
Self-Monitoring to determine the meaning of an unknown word
Self-Monitoring to determine the meaning of an unknown word
Self-Monitoring to determine the meaning of an unknown word
Self-Monitoring to determine the meaning of an unknown word
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I LOVE this assignment. I've taught it for the past 10 years and have modified it significantly. It comes with a great checklist that students can use to go through the steps of self-monitoring (and makes a great anchor chart) and also has a rubric that's ready to use for easy grading and student self-assessment.

How I use it: I often have students practice in pairs, completely obscuring the word the first time we practice so students NEED to look at context and can’t rely on word parts. I have some fun with it, too. One year I used an article (link included in purchase) and put white out on the word cannibal or cannibalism. This may not be your teaching style, but my kids LOVED it.
For the assessment, I conference one on one with students on the front page so they can talk through their thought process. Having done this several years, this really helps me see what my students can do instead of what they are capable of expressing in writing. I have students self-assess their grade with me, and then I give them their grade for immediate feedback. They return to their seats, look up their word, and write their answers on the back for me to grade later. I do this mostly to save time, but also to see how their writing expression and spoken expression differ (their writing is typically a lot better after they’ve talked to me about it, so it usually works out OK. For a few students, I may conference or have someone scribe for them).

This is one of my FAVORITE assignments because it really helps me get to know my students and is a skill we continue to use and practice all year. I’ve included my newest version first (I double side this) and an older version if you’d prefer for it to fit on one side. I hope you enjoy it!
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