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Writing Mini-Lesson Recap: Personal Writing Checklist

Writing Mini-Lesson Recap: Personal Writing Checklist
Writing Mini-Lesson Recap: Personal Writing Checklist
Writing Mini-Lesson Recap: Personal Writing Checklist
Writing Mini-Lesson Recap: Personal Writing Checklist
Writing Mini-Lesson Recap: Personal Writing Checklist
Writing Mini-Lesson Recap: Personal Writing Checklist
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When our school district adopted a common writing rubric across grades, it became trickier to help my 7th graders understand what the rubric's feedback was saying, i.e. where their strengths and weakness are. Since they are still learning the process, it is even more difficult to reach the vast individual levels of writers I have in one classroom.

In the first trimester, I take significant time to teach each component of the writing process, almost always through spontaneous demonstration (e.g. if the kids are writing an intro to an essay today, they shout out a topic, and I will write an Intro for it, demonstrating my thought-process aloud). Then, I spend a great deal of time in small group with one-on-one and small group writing to strengthen the process. When they get their first graded essay, we have done a "Put The Rubric in Our Own Words" exercise so they can match up the grade. I state all this only to show that there is a lot of teaching before this particular activity makes sense.

This document is the one I use in re-teach/review mode. By the second and third graded essay, I can no longer devote as much time to reteaching full lessons even in review. So, I transition the kids from direct lesson to self-teaching with this activity.

Here, the kids will see much of the actual writing lessons from class, but in synopsis. This activity requires them to use the one "suggestion" I have made on their essay rubric (I put the one that gets the most bang for my buck), highlight it on this activity sheet, and then utilize it to analyze their own essay. They must find one or two examples where they made a particular error, i.e. switching verb tenses, and then rewrite how they could have done it differently.

This not only gives them the chance to analyze their own individual writing weaknesses, but also to put the revision into practice.

There are many other writing products in my TpT Store. Let me know what you think, and enjoy!
Total Pages
8 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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