Thursday, January 22, 2015

Assessing and Peer Editing

Assessment: Central Ideas and Details  Over the past week we have worked closely with the nonfiction text "Shattered Lives" about the refugee crisis in Syria and the Middle East. Our primary focus has been on identifying central ideas and details, as well as summarizing. Today you will take a very short quiz so I can attempt to assess some of what you have learned. Your 'Central Ideas and Details Quiz' can be found here. You will need to utilize the various texts below to help answer the questions. 

Questions 1 and 2 will be related to the article "Shattered Lives," which you may review if need be.

Questions 3 and 4 are about the article "Making room for mariachi in school programs" below, and which can also be found here

Peer Editing: 100 Word Challenge  Writing is a process that includes many stages, which includes brainstorming, drafting, revising, editing, and ultimately publishing. Most of us are currently in the middle of that process now with regards to this week's 100 Word Challenge. As we seek to improve our writing and make each piece as good as it possible be, it's important to remember how important editing is as part of the writing process. No published author writes a perfect piece of writing the first time through; they are constantly revising and editing until they should get it just right. 

Today you will have an opportunity to share you current piece of writing (in whatever state it's in) with one of your peers in class. Your task when reviewing someone else's writing is to both help with basic editing and to provide constructive feedback that is helpful to the writer. 

After you know who you will be sharing your writing with, click on "Share at the top of your document. Next, enter their full name and click "Done." The document should now be available in the "Shared with Me" or "Incoming" section of your Google Drive.


What things should you be looking for as your read your classmate's work? Let our rubric (below) be your guide. If you notice on run-on sentence or fragment, let them know. If you can think of a more descriptive or precise word to use, suggest it. If verb tenses are inconsistent, make that clear. If a transition word or phrase might be helpful in moving events along, mention it. 

There are a couple of ways to make suggestions and comments. You can use the "Suggesting" function within Google Docs, where you can make suggested edits that the writer can then later accept or reject. 

Secondly, you could also simply highlight text and make comments and suggestions that way. 

Finally, your peer editing should include a balance of corrections, suggestions, and compliments. Positive feedback is important too! 

Homework (1.) Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and make a Digital Reading Log entry using the new 3rd Quarter Reading Log(2.) Complete both your 100 Word Challenge: '...what was that I could feel?...' (Week 18) story and Summary of "Shattered Lives", both of which are due and will be published tomorrow, Friday, January 23