Thursday, March 26, 2015

Analyzing Text and Peer Editing

 Today's Learning Objectives  Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.  Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences. 

Analyzing the Text of Tequila Worm: Say, Mean, Matter Today is the last class day to use the 'Say, Mean, Matter' strategy to examine what the text from Tequila Worm says, and explain what it means and why it matters. You can find still the assignment Say, Mean, Matter ('Tequila Worm') in your Language Arts folders. This assignment is due completed tomorrow, Friday, March 26

Remember your task is to select five different quotes or excerpts from Tequila Worm that say something significant about Sofia and her development as a character. Choose one from the exposition, two from the rising action, one from the climax, and one from the rising action/resolution. You may choose your text excerpts from any of the class periods' shared documents of Sofia and What the Text Says ('Tequila Worm') (Period 2Period 3Period 5). 

For further clarification about what you should be doing with each quotation or text excerpt, refer to the graphic below.  

Peer Revising and Editing  Today you will have the opportunity to share your current piece of writing, 100 Word Challenge: My Ultimate Adventure (Week 27), with one of your peers in class. Remember that 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. Your peer editing should include a balance of corrections, suggestions, and compliments. Positive feedback is important too!  

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.


Remember to let our rubric (below) be your guide. If you notice a 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.

I would encourage you to also engage in conversation with each about each other's pieces of writing. If you have questions about your partner's story, ask. If you're unsure about what your peer editor is suggesting, seek clarification.  

Homework  (1.) Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and make a Digital Reading Log entry using the new 4th Quarter Reading Log, which has been placed in your Language Arts folder(2.) Complete the assignment Say, Mean, Matter ('Tequila Worm'), which is due tomorrow, Friday, March 27(4.) Continue working on your 100 Word Challenge: My Ultimate Adventure (Week 27) story, which we will publish tomorrow, Friday, March 27