Because when it comes to spotting errors in peer review... you really do "gotta' catch' em all!"
(Fair warning: similar nerdy puns will follow).
You know the drill: students pair off into groups of two or three friends, spend five minutes or so giving a half hearted effort marking up one another’s papers, and then quickly shift to talking about just about anything other than the assigned content at hand. But peer review doesn’t have to mean a wasted throwaway day of off task conversation and only marginal academic growth! What if we busted out a super-powered peer review activity by borrowing a lesson from the classic Pokémon theme song:
"You teach me, and I'll teach you."
Suddenly, kids are on the eagle-eyes lookout for structural errors and formatting flaws. Individual students are "leveling up" to earn bragging rights and more powerful Pokéballs by battling stronger rivals, while others are hitting the "Pokémon Gym" to hone their skills with a quick round of teacher-directed scaffolding before getting back in the competition with newfound confidence.
While 99% of my grading gets done on the spot...
And we're genuinely having FUN while learning the valuable process of peer review.
Ready to get in the game!?
This massive digital download will get you everything you need to set up a two-day outline review activity that will turn student writing in ANY CONTENT area into a giant game of Pokémon, powered entirely by peer editing and teamwork where classes will work together transform their drafts into a super-powered player Pokédex, with students self- and peer- reviewing DOZENS of examples of high quality work from their peers while they race against the clock and their classmates in an effort to capture the rarest and most elusive Pokémon before time expires!
More product specifics:
+ 21 full-color slides of a Google Slides presentation for classroom presentation, with student-friendly instructions and embedded countdown timers for each round of play, and notes for teachers included in presenter mode to be hidden from student view
+ 2 page teacher instruction manual, with step-by-step pedagogy to execute top quality studnet writing activities using free online tools and physical RPG-style dice (or freely available online dice rollers)
+ 4 page sample essay outline tool using Google Docs, with prompt sections for students color coded for easy type over outline writing once a teacher makes a local copy of the resource and shares it via their course website, email, or LMS.
+ Fully editable Google Slide templates including all 105 printables, and 1 full color game map.
This high-energy product puts student-centered instruction at the heart of your classroom. It was a joy to create, and the gameplay of the activity is specifically designed to reward and validate students for demonstrating their knowledge of what constitutes only the highest quality of writing -- so it can be used again and again and tailored to any additional needs of any content area or curriculum, including:
• Outline writing for Historical research
• Rough drafts of English class essays
• Passage translations to or from target World Languages
• Lab findings from Science classrooms
• Etc. Etc. Etc.
(Full disclosure: in addition this digital resource, you'll need):
• Four small bags of assorted RPG style dice (or if you'd rather go paperless or are in 1-1 / BYOD classrooms: links are included to a free digital dice roller)
• Scotch tape and/or magnets (to stick game pieces on your whiteboard)
Through the activity's perpetual kinesthetic nature and teamwork-driven mechanics, even students who might not have arrived to class with 100% top quality work products still get to spend a day strengthening their own writing through MULTIPLE self-scaffolding examples of quality peer work products – constantly re-evaluating whether to “push” themselves onto more difficult challenges, or to scaffold back down to less challenging tasks until they feel more comfortable with the work that they’ve completed (thereby allowing the teacher to offer individual support as needed).
Simply stated: it’s a game-changer.
Thanks for checking out my store!
(PS: If you're looking to build to a Pokémon battle for longer form essays and wanted to go back a step to add similar life to a long-form note card writing unit, check out my LEGO-inspired note card review resource on TPT).
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