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What I am Most Thankful For Essay Comments!

posted Nov 25, 2010, 12:02 PM by Bonnie Thurber   [ updated Nov 25, 2010, 12:33 PM ]


The iCollaboratory Sponsored Project is coming to a close. It is time to read the essays and comment on at least two that have no other comments!

I have been thinking about how to improve and I re-read and then revised this hand out that was given to us last year at the Symposium by a Middle School Language Arts teacher from Wilmette. She wrote this for International Poetry Month and I edited it so it would fit our entire year.




How to Respond to Writing and Give Effective Feedback

1. Read the web page, story or essay.
2. Jot down your “gut reactions” – no need for full sentences.
3. Reread the web page, story or essay looking for specific devices such as personification, imagery, facts, etc.
4. Jot down your “academic reactions” – no need for full sentences.
5. Look over your reactions and write an effective and appropriate feedback statement.

A feedback statement should:
• Be in complete/proper sentences.
• Reflect your audience.
• Begin with a positive comment.
• Give specific examples from story or essay to support ideas.
• Use proper punctuation of titles and lines.

A feedback statement may:
• Ask the author a question about meaning or style.
• Explain your interpretation of the story’s or essay’s meaning
• Make connections to other writing, art, paintings, etc.
• Share your favorite lines.
• Discuss the use of literary devices.
• Comment on all the overall organization of the story or essay.
• Compliment word choice.

I hope to see all your students commenting in our projects this year.
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