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Drafting & Grading


What’s in the video

  • How to keep them writing, even when they don’t want to.
  • Write A LOT during class, but they can write at home.
  • Where to find good prompts.
  • Teach your students to be topic generators too!
  • More on how to grade: how to set limits and why.

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14 thoughts on “LESSON 5

  1. I like how you have sub topics for a more general topic. I also think the log is very good. Starring their best work for grading is excellent. Do you do anything grading wise if the kids don’t complete all of the writing? I can see that the kids will just do what they want me to grade. Does it matter?


    1. Yes, they get points for completion. Following the rules and guidelines is the bottomline requirement to earn points. If I suspect they are not full filling the requirements, then I take a closer look.

      I treat the three they star more like dipsticks. They give me a sense of what they are doing with the rest of their entries. If I see blank pages, less than 150 words, no paragraph breaks, etc. then they get a zero for that entry.


  2. Thanks for the links to the all the resources. I also appreciated hearing you explain how you spend time on this up front before releasing some of it as homework. I have a question about your logs. If a student has large handwriting or writes a lot, and they go over one page, do you just ask them to amend the preprinted page numbers on the log? Do you find that this happens very often–students going beyond one page?

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    1. Most of the time, no; they tend to stick to one page. But “going over” one page means they are now writing a series of entries. I tell them, “If you have can’t stop at 150, then you are going to need to go 300. If that’s not enough, then go for 450!” The idea is, each page = one entry. I encourage students to write in series if their ideas are too big for one entry blasts. Some of my students have written lengthy stories, one entry after the next. Those that have done it have enjoyed having the space to write out something they wouldn’t have explored on their own.


  3. I still need more details. I am sure that the bonus lesson will help, and ordering your book will bring everything together for me. Thanks for providing this course!


  4. Thank you for the course! It has given me some direction on how to keep going. I commented earlier that I was about to give it up, to stop using the Writer’s Notebook because my students are so disengaged. I have some ideas now to keep us going!

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