World Lit: Workshop and revise!


ELAGSE9-10W3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.

  1. Engage and orient the reader by setting out a problem, situation, or observation, establishing one or multiple point(s) of view, and introducing a narrator and/or characters; create a smooth progression of experiences or events.
  2. Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, reflection, and multiple plot lines, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.
  3. Use a variety of techniques to sequence events so that they build on one another to create a coherent whole.
  4. Use precise words and phrases, telling details, and sensory language to convey a vivid picture of the experiences, events, setting, and/or characters.
  5. Provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on what is experienced, observed, or resolved over the course of the narrative.

Learning Target: I can workshop, revise, and create a new draft of my writing by working with a small group.

Opening Session: Let’s start out today with a little model of the writer’s workshop we’re going to do! I’ll sit in the middle of the room with two people and we will demonstrate how to do the workshop for everyone. Here are the rules:

  • Be quiet while your partner reads their work.
  • Say what worked FIRST.
  • Give some CONSTRUCTIVE criticism, like “I think this could be stronger” or “I didn’t understand this”
  • The author does NOT TALK. Seriously, shut your face!
  • After the readers discuss the author’s piece, the author should say thanks for sharing thoughts.
  • …Then move on to the next reader! 🙂

Work Session: After I model the workshop with a couple volunteers, I want you to do the same thing in your group. Each person should read their piece aloud, get some good feedback, say thanks, and then move along to the next author.

After we spend about 30 minutes workshopping, we’re going to take the rest of class to work on typing up our next drafts of our piece. Grab a laptop and start typing your I Remember piece, remembering that the ultimate goal here is to make it into a piece of writing that shows your cultural identity through story. You will also be able to work on this tomorrow, and we will share a little on Wednesday 🙂

Closing Session: For the last few minutes of class, I want to introduce you all to OneNote and make sure everyone has a passing understanding of how to use our class notebook. This will be how you turn everything in! Go ahead and practice by uploading your essay draft to your Cultural Identity Essay section 🙂

Assessment: Summative (Cultural Identity Embedded Assessment); Formative (workshop)

Differentiation: Process (scaffolding)

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