Adding Writing Response Groups to your classroom may be the most rewarding addition to your writing curriculum you've tried in years. Within a few weeks you are likely to look out over your classroom and see your students all so actively engaged in discussions about student writing they hardly notice you're there. You'll find improved writing assignments turned in with thoughtful suggestions from multiple peers, and increased student motivation to write and revise. It is possible.
This guide includes all the instructions and reproducibles you will need to get the process rolling in your classroom including, pre-group surveys, group note taking sheets, student protocol (including online version as a link), group evaluation forms, post group surveys etc. All you need to add are students and their writing.
I've used this process with great success with students from 7th-11th grade. I use Writing Groups with my students and I present about it at national conferences as well. This is a simple, but effective protocol that gets students thinking about audience when they write, revising based on feedback, and feeling more successful about themselves as writers.
Writing Response Groups address many of the Common Core Standards as well. Used consistently WRG addresses W.x.4 and W.x.5 along with whichever genre standard students are working on. (The x is the grade level.)
If you are looking for a method that will create sustained improvement in student writing you need this teachers guide.
Writing Response Groups Teacher Guide by Jennifer Roberts
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