8th Grade English, East Palo Alto, CA
Taking a Stand Essay
Word Generation Weekly
Topic: Children’s Health
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Clip shows a detailed introduction and discussion of a rubric for Taking a Stand essay-writing assignments. Areas of emphasis include the following: Use of New Vocabulary; Thesis Sentence; Body Paragraph; Conclusion Sentence; Conventions of Writing (spelling, capitalization, punctuation, indented paragraphs, etc.)
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Students begin writing Taking a Stand essays. Student-teacher writing conferences begin. Ms. Hibbs reads student work aloud, which prompts student to identify errors. Teacher frequently refers to the rubric when conferring with students.
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Ms Hibbs assists a student as he composes.
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Student shares essay draft. Student briefly discusses topic. Student meets with teacher for writing conference. Ms. Hibbs uses rubric to evaluate the progress of the draft.