I'm planning these big elaborate writing workshop lessons for my IB Juniors this week, whose first essay is due a week from Thursday. Today - thesis analysis. Tomorrow - how to break down quotations. Thursday - how to write introductions and conclusions. I have student models ready, and they're set to bring their own writing in to work with as we go.
Today, though, as I graded their most recent quiz, I'm finding that the majority aren't even doing the reading.
Screw writing. These kids got to read.
I think the first set of progress reports will be a wakeup call. It's expected that 9th graders need that wakeup call every year. But Juniors, especially advanced Juniors? Disappointing.
2 years ago