Well, here we are. It is our last day, last writing workshop. There is lots to do and not a lot of time, so we’ll just do attendance, do our final Metacognitive Journal, and get on with it. I will be checking your last set of MJs today. I will also be available for brief conferences.
At the end of class today, you may submit Portfolios to Blackboard. They will be due to Blackboard by 11:59pm.
It has been so much fun working with you this semester! Feel free to visit me in the English department any time! Or, drop me an email if you need anything, or just to let me know how you are doing.
Workshop for Final Portfolio
Whew, here we are at our second-to-last class. Today’s goal is simple: keep working on our Final Portfolios. That may mean that you need to keep drafting your Reflective Paper. It may mean that you need to go back through your work from this semester to find new evidence for your paragraphs (to quote or paraphrase, and to also include in your Artifacts). It may mean peer review, or revisions on your summary. Whatever it is you are working on today, let’s make our workshop time count!
We’ll reserve about 20-25 minutes at the end of class to do a bit of planning for the weekend, as well as course evaluations.
Here’s to a productive day!
p.s. I know I said we would have journal checks today, but I messed up! I will do a final journal check on Monday. I apologize for any confusion!!
Work on the Reflective Paper
Today we will be switching gears from revision of your chosen completed Summary to drafting of our Reflective Papers. We’ll be working on this task for the rest of the week, however, if you have not yet completed your revisions to the Project, you should do so by Monday.
We’ll start off today with our meta-journal, and then we’ll work on a quick brainstorming activity to help revise and perhaps add to your Reflective Papers.
Organize yourselves into your Houses: each House will be responsible for a paragraph drafted by EACH member of the House.
Now, pick a Learning Outcome to focus on. Re-read the outcome, and look over your notes from our brainstorming activity (from Monday) on the board. In order to get the juices flowing and start our drafting process, I want you to start by writing a paragraph (you may type or write in a notebook) that contains the following:
- a claim: I do/don’t do________. (a particular behavior connected to a Learning Outcome)
- explanation/commentary (I learned this strategy on __________ occasion, I used to not do this, but _______ experience showed me its value, this is new to me and I feel ________ about my ability to do it, etc.)
- supporting evidence/example (i.e. a quote or paraphrase directly from your writing, or a summary of aural evidence–the actual behavior you talk about in your claim)
- explanation of why the evidence supports your claim, or how it connects to your claim.
Houses will earn a point once each member has completed his or her paragraph, and had it approved by the rest of the House.
How You Are Sorted
Hey teams! Below you’ll find the rosters for each of your Houses:
You might belong in Gryffindor,
Where dwell the brave at heart,
Their daring, nerve, and chivalry
Set Gryffindors apart;
You might belong in Hufflepuff,
Where they are just and loyal,
Those patient Hufflepuffs are true
And unafraid of toil;
Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw,
if you’ve a ready mind,
Where those of wit and learning,
Will always find their kind;
Or perhaps in Slytherin
You’ll make your real friends,
Those cunning folks use any means
To achieve their ends.
Portfolio Work & House Cup
The Beginning of the End
Today we begin our final project together: the Portfolio. There are several pieces to this project, which we will talk about in class. This is the place to really demonstrate your growth in the course learning outcomes, as well as to reflect on your own growth as a writer throughout the semester. Looking forward to finishing strong!
You Can Do It!!
Editing and Proofreading Day!
Today is editing and proofreading day! We will be polishing up our summary-responses. Check out this game to see the power of a single word.
Here is a list of lower order concerns to focus on in in proofreading and editing.
APEX multi-colored peer response
Reader Review Day!!
Today is SFD workshop and Reader Review Day! That means you have a chance to get feedback from one or multiple classmates on your draft of the Summary-Response essay. Once again, our goals today are specific:
- Draft (or finish drafting) your SFD of the Summary-Response
- Get feedback on High and Middle order concerns
- Revise those big-picture and medium picture parts of our writing:
- Introduction paragraphs (do they provide a map? preview BOTH summary and response?) Click the link for a couple of sample intros: bell hooks model intros
- Body paragraphs (are they each only 1 idea?)
- Organization (Do your body paragraphs match your map? Even if there are a couple paragraphs per point? Do you take readers through the chapter you are summarizing in a logical order?)
- Evidence (do you draw on appropriate and effective examples from the text to support your summary points? Do you have good reasons and examples to support your response?)
Today is a day for buckling down and making significant progress on this project. I will be available for mini-conferences throughout the workshop.
Any drafting or Reader Review that you don’t accomplish in class today will be HOMEWORK. 😉