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Writing Workshop Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Teach your students the important skill of critiquing and how it is used during the writing workshop. With your guidance and this lesson plan, students will use a base lesson to learn review and revision skills both with guided and independent practice.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain the steps necessary to critique an essay
  • critique an essay with guidance and independently
  • discuss why critiquing a peer's essay is necessary

Length:

  • 45 minutes for lesson, plus additional class time to critique essays

Materials

  • Access to the lesson What is Essay Critique? - Definition & Examples
  • Copies of essays for students to critique, one set for guided practice (from an outside, neutral source, found with a simple search) and one set of student essays for application
  • Copies of the printable lesson quiz, one for each student
  • Red pens
  • Colored pencils
  • Highlighters

Key Vocabulary

  • Essay-level
  • Introductory paragraph
  • Body paragraph
  • Concluding paragraph
  • Paragraph-level
  • Topic sentence
  • Evidence
  • Analysis
  • Sentence-level
  • Grammatical mistakes
  • Mechanical errors
  • Wordiness
  • Typographical errors

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.WHST.6-8.4

Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.WHST.6-8.5

With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.1

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