Group Size: Any

Time Required: 60 - 90 minutes

Learning Objective: Students will be able to use MLA citation to respond to a short-answer question


Student Worksheet #10 (attached)
Homework sheet (attached)
Overhead transparency of editing marks -- If you do not have one that you typically use with student writing, look over these resources for inspiration and create a transparency that fits your needs:

Sandra Effinger's Proofreading Marks
Emil Pocock's Common Editing and Proofreading Marks
Stacy Daniels' Editing Marks

If students cannot take Night home, copy pages 37 - 46 for all students to take home for homework.
Post-it notes (so that students can code their novels)
Night by Elie Wiesel (one copy for each student)

Do Now: (S will complete today's Do Now, which requires them to craft their own open-ended question in response to Night. After allowing students two minutes of independent work time, T will share out S thoughts.)

Connection: We've spent the week reading Elie Wiesel's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Night, as part of our unit on World War II and the Holocaust.

Today you will work through the entire writing process to create your first published draft of an open-ended question response. This will give you the opportunity to practice your timing and to get some quality feedback from your instructors so that you can improve your craft.

Direct Instruction / Guided Practice: Today you will have an extended time to read and write, time to peer edit, and finally, time to add any final touches to your writing before handing it in for feedback and a grade.

It's extremely important to you pace yourself, and I'll help you to hold yourself accountable for sticking to the pacing as we move along.

Let's take a look at the question you'll be answering today just to make sure there aren't any unfamiliar words in there that you may wish to discuss prior to beginning reading and responding. (Take time to go over question.)

Link: As you can see, the schedule is on your notes for today. Your first step is to take 40 minutes to complete today's reading and to respond to the open-ended question. At the 30-minute mark, you will be allowed to begin using a dictionary or thesaurus if you'd like. We'll talk through the other steps as we come to them. First, though, let's focus on the task at hand--reading and writing our response to the open-ended question. You may begin.

Independent Practice:(S will read silently and respond to open-ended question.

At the thirty-minute mark, remind students that they may begin using dictionaries and thesauruses if they would like to do so.)

Direct Instruction / Guided Practice: Although you should be familiar with all editing marks, you can take a look at the transparency on the overhead projector if you need a refresher.

Link:  You should now switch papers with the person sitting directly next to you. In pencil only, add comments and suggestionsif y to their paper, just like you would in writing class. Feel free to use any editing marks you may know. You will have 8 minutes to complete this step silently, and you should add as many comments as you can because these responses are being graded. If you finish early, feel free to read.

Independent Practice:  (S will read each other's papers and make comments, silently.  Allow time.)

Direct Instruction / Guided Practice:  Our next step is to share feedback with our partners.  Make sure you're keeping it positive and productive, as it can be challenging to receive feedback.

Link:  You now have 7 minutes to share your feedback with the other person.  If you finish early, take the remaining time to make any changes you may wish to make based upon the suggestions and feedback you received from your partner.

Independent Practice:  (S will conference with partners.  Allow time.)

Direct Instruction / Guided Practice:  Finally, you have the opportunity to publish your work.  If your draft is neat enough, you are welcome to make changes directly on your rough draft and submit that for credit.  If not, you will want to get out a fresh sheet of lined notebook paper to record your response.  

Link:  Now you have 7 minutes to work independently to make any changes you'd like to make prior to submitting your paper for a grade. If you finish early, feel free to read silently.

Independent Practice:  (S will make changes/publish their papers silently.  Allow time.  Then collect.)

Closing: Great work today! I look forward to reading your responses.  

Now let's take a look at our homework for this evening.  (T will distribute and review homework sheet with students and distribute copies of Night pages if there are not sufficient copies of Night available for students to take home.

(T will review all open-ended question responses in preparation for the next class to identify misconceptions and trends in student writing.  T will give targeted feedback to each student that will push him/her to the next level in his/her writing.  T will NOT, however, assign grades.  Finally, T will identify no more than four students who would benefit from additional support in the next class.)

Differentiation: Literature circle and pleasure reading novels are differentiated by reading level and by choice. Peer editing.


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