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Scaffolding with prewriting
« on: March 13, 2007, 11:19:43 PM »
Any time you intend to assign an essay (what I consider to be great writing undertakings), it's always good to give the students as much insight (well, to draw out at much "outsight" from them) as possible. Think of it at providing a pre-writng scaffolding. The attached file is an example which began a unit on Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. Students wrote an essay at the end of the novel, but building their repertoire of knowledge and viewpoints for the essay started with the schema activator. The pre-writing prompt could be done as homework or as an in-class freewrite. After a discussion, their experiences are tied in, followed by some movie clips from "rain man" and "i am sam". I've always found building a topic base for students before throwing them into an assignment to provide more representative writing (which means I give useful feedback on what they need to know instead of feedback on things they knew but didn't show me in the essay.)