Critiquing and Polishing Our Explanatory Paragraphs

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With their constitution paragraph drafts in hand, fourth graders work in pairs to critique and revise each other's writing. This process can be very challenging for young writers, but a praise-question-suggest protocol is outlined in the lesson plan that emphasizes giving kind, specific, and helpful feedback. This procedure is modeled as the class creates a list of revision questions and uses them to critique a sample piece of writing, before finally pairing up and sharing their work. Be sure to assign partners carefully, as children can be very sensitive to receiving feedback from their peers. Overall, a good lesson plan that effectively addresses a difficult step in the writing process.

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CCSS: Designed
Pros

  • Clearly models the revision process
  • Differentiated to support all learners
  • Adaptable to any type of writing
Cons

  • Sequence of procedures a little confusing