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Sophomore Honors English Newsletter ~ October 2017

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THIS TERM'S ESSENTIAL QUESTION:

What role does TRANSFORMATION play in stories meant to scare us?

WRITING AS A PROCESS

For decades, we have done writing instruction all wrong: Students wrote essays, turned them into Teacher-Lady (or -Man), and received feedback after a (permanent) score was in the gradebook. We educators envisioned students curling up with our (20-minutes-per--paper) feedback, scouring through our comments, learning from their mistakes.


The reality? Many students quickly peruse our feedback (if we're lucky) and then log in to IPASS to see what effect--if any--the score has had on their average. If their grade hasn't budged a whole lot, neither will their writing.


And little learning has occurred.


To thwart that depressing cycle--and to restore writing to exactly what it was meant to be--a process, my student authors will be responding and returning to the same essay throughout the term. Prior to submission of their first draft, students will type in their essay at least one question for me as a starting place for our digital, asynchronous conference. Once they receive feedback, they can begin revising and then submit a final draft. With this model, true growth has occurred in the student writers, and the revision process works as it should--all before a permanent grade is recorded in the gradebook.


At the end of the term--after we have explored several other literary selections based on our unit's Essential Question, students will return to this essay, rework what is there--infusing more textual evidence from the more recent selections, receive feedback again on their new draft, make the necessary revisions, and then submit their final essay for the term.


This is how real-world writing works: an idea is born and fleshed out several times before it is just right. And if the students play their cards right, the final essay at the end of the unit is glorious.


Take a look at the video below that illustrates this process beautifully!

Austin's Butterfly: Building Excellence in Student Work

PASSION BLOGS

In an effort to create a positive digital footprint--while writing for an audience beyond Teacher-Lady, students will be launching their own websites on a topic about which they are passionate. Students need to return the signed Permission Slip by Fri., 10/13/17. Stay tuned for details! In the meantime, check out some of the benefits of blogging in the infographic below.
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