Revisions and Workshops: Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Today was one of the most self-differentiated of days.  In essence, everyone was supposed to workshop and revise their essays through a process called a “Charette.”  This miniature version we did in class was limited to pairs of students reading each other’s work, answering any questions that the author had about his or her work, and then finally offering any observations or suggestions for improvement.  I felt that providing a more intimate version of this protocol would help the students become more comfortable with sharing their work as we will work our way up to small group and full-class writing workshops.

Once the students finished with this process, they were directed to revise and edit their papers according to their own observations and that of their classmates.  With all necessary changes made, the students were directed to start entering their papers into their online portfolios.  I provided all classes with the example below:

Argumentative Essay Sample



  • Finish the Final Draft of the Argumentative Essay (essays typed at home must either be brought on a Flash Drive or typed directly into KidBlog).
  • Read for 30 minutes.
  • Study Lesson 5 Vocabulary words
  • Access KidBlog and choose a template.


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