PLEASE NOTE: The instructions for this Group Chart are in Microsoft Word format. HOWEVER, this product is a GOOGLE DOC.
I hope this editable document helps you accomplish two goals:
1. organizes student work for your (teacher’s) purposes.
2. gives access to ALL students’ documents to peers within a class.
Background: I currently teach English II and use Google Classroom, Docs, Slides, Sheets and all the other Google Apps for Education on a daily basis. While I am an advocate for the use of Google Classroom, there are some classroom needs that can not be met using Classroom alone. One issue with Classroom is that it only allows ownership/sharing between the student and teacher. I strongly believe that students produce better writing when they are writing for the audience of their peers vs. the audience of the teacher. I use this strategy whenever possible in my classroom.
When it comes to preparing for the Ohio State Test (OST), also known as the AIR (created by Pearson), I use state-released prompts to prepare my students for the formulaic-style writing that comes with that territory. Students then write paragraphs responding to those prompts, and then share their work on this Writers’ Workshop Group Chart. This gives me access to all writing in one document while also allowing group members to access the work of their peers. Students can review each other’s work (commenting only--never changing another’s work), and I, as the teacher, can easily project student essays to highlight any aspect (a strong thesis, an excellent topic sentence, etc.) for the entire class.
Since none of us truly enjoys this kind of standardized test preparation, it should be mentioned that you can use this chart for ANY writing assignment! Creative, research...you name it! If you wish for students to share their work with you and with each other, simply click on “File” at the top of your Google Doc and then “Make a Copy.” Rename for each class and assignment, and you’ve got a way to share student work.