Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The 100 Word Challenge and Peer Writing Review

 Today's Learning Objective  Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.

International Peer Writing Review  One of the most beautiful things about the 100 Word Challenge is its ability to bring people from all over the world together to engage in a common task. No matter what country you live in, on any given week, kids dotted all around the globe are simultaneously brainstorming ideas for the same prompt, participating in a similar process, and attempting to improve on the same basic writing skills. The boundaries that typically divide us disappear, as we are all, essentially, in this together. 

In that spirit, I would like to spend some time today reading the work of some of your writing peers from around the world. Let's find out how they addressed this week's prompt and what each student is doing well and could potentially improve on. My hope is that this process of 'Peer Writing Review' will inform your own writing and provide you with clear models of what good writing looks like, as well as examples of some of the writing stumbling blocks we want to try to avoid. 

Let's use the same writing rubric we use to with our own writing to analyze the writing of our international peers. 

As you read the various writing samples, keep an eye out for whether your international peers are meeting each of the criteria for Proficient writing. What is your international peers strengths as a writer? What are some areas they meed to potentially work on? Record your findings using the document Peer Writing Review, which can be found in your Language Arts folders.

Each person form each team will be assigned a number with one of the writing samples below. You will then be provided time to read your assigned story and analyze it using your Peer Writing Review document. After you have had time to review and assess the writing of your international peer, you and those with the same assigned number will stand and share out your findings. 

1. Abbie, Year 5, England

2. Aaron, Year 6, Ireland

3. Jacy, Year 6, United Arab Emirates 

4. Luke Year 5/6, Australia 
Writing Time: 100 Word Challenge  If time permits, let's apply what we learned from the peer review process to our own 100 Word Challenge: ... but it said 'sweet' on the wrapper... (Week 22) story. Did you recognize any strengths in the writing of your international peer that you would like to try emulate? Are their some stumbling blocks you noticed that you are going to work hard to avoid? Let's continue to learn from each other and grow as writers!   

Homework  (1.) Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and make a Digital Reading Log entry using the 3rd Quarter Reading Log(2.) Continue working on your 100 Word Challenge: ... but it said 'sweet' on the wrapper... (Week 22) story, which we will publish on Friday, February 20

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