Language Objective: I will edit and peer-review the rough draft of my news article.
Essential Question: How do you effectively assess your own as well as your peers' writing?
1. Finish you rough draft. You have 25 minutes to finish.
2. Self Assessment: Make a copy of this rubric, then grade your own article based on it. On the bottom, briefly justify why you would give yourself the grade you did.
3. Identify two specific areas of improvement for your article. Write them on the bottom on your document. Focus on these areas in your revisions.
4. Create a headline for your article:Good headlines should:
- tell the reader about your story
- make readers curious to read more
- include a strong verb
GOOD: Warriors flaunt school spirit to boost motivation
5. Tighten and simply your writing in two steps:
- Step One: On the bottom of your document, make a list of words or phrases you tend to overuse. For example: just, actually, really, like, in order to, etc.
- Step Two: Simplification Challenge: Go through each sentence in your article and think about how you could say the same thing in a simpler, more direct way. Try to tighten your article to 500 words exactly while still containing all of your sources. If you manage to tighten your article to 500 words exactly, you will be awarded a Keys to Success card.
6. Peer review and use the "comment" tool on GoogleDrive to leave comments for two partners. Address the following questions in your feedback:
- What is the author doing well in this story? Why/how?
- What confuses you?
- What would you like to see more of? Suggest further questions the author could ask or additional subtopics they could include.
7. Revise your own writing. Use the following as guiding questions:
- Before proceeding, you MUST have peer feedback on your story
- Are you covering your topic in depth?
- Are you unbiased and are you covering all sides involved in this story?
- Are you avoiding restating any questions?
- Is your lead effective? How can you make it better?
- Is your story based on interviews?
- Are your transitions effective?
- How can you make your closing even more effective?
- Rough Draft (with peer comments and a headline)
- List of overused words
- Begin revising