Friday, September 8th

Day 8 - Friday, September 8th

Lesson Objectives

To provide an opportunity for students to give and receive comments on their essays.

Connection to Course Goals

Workshops encourage students to see their writing as a process by promoting critical thinking and revision. Also, gaining feedback from peers helps remind students to keep their audience in mind while writing. Constructing some criteria for the workshop helps you set the standard for completing an effective workshop.

Take Attendance and Introduce Class (3 - 5 minutes)

Develop an introduction for this class session. You may wish to remind students of key concepts from the previous lesson, forecast what you’ll be working on for the day, and/or look ahead to the due date for P1A.

Transition: Develop a transition here.

Review Questions for Workshop (5 minutes)

Put the workshop questions on an overhead or distribute them as handouts (see appendix for workshop questions); then, review the questions to be sure students understand them. Explain that these questions reflect both the material covered in class so far, and the elements you'll be looking at when you evaluate their work.

Transition: Develop a transition here.

Workshop Papers (30-35 minutes)

Using the workshop in the appendix or by creating one of your own, conduct a workshop for the remaining 35 minutes of the class session. This should be plenty of time for students to get two sets of feedback on their drafts. You can incorporate the Writing Studio by having students post their responses to one another (if they need more time).

Transition: Develop a transition here.

Review Portfolio Materials and Go over Grading Criteria for P1A (10 minutes)

While students are workshopping papers, list the portfolio materials on the board - everything you intend to collect (for example, the in class WTLs and any homework you haven't already looked at. It is also common to collect student's feedback from the workshop in the portfolio). Review this list at the end of class.

Tell students that you want to make sure that they know how their essays will be graded. Put your P1A grading hierarchy up on an overhead; if you wish, note that there will be a copy of it available in the Writing Studio. Let them know that while all parts of the grading hierarchy are important, you'll be looking first at concerns like purpose and focus and less at things like mechanics (though this is not an excuse to not proofread carefully!).

Explain that they should use the feedback that they received in class today to revise their essays, and that they can also use the assignment sheet and grading hierarchy as tools to help them assemble P1A.

Conclude Class (3 minutes)

Devise a conclusion for today's class. You might:


  1. Complete Portfolio I - Part A.
  2. Bring your PHG and all of the articles we’ve read so far to class.