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Lesson Seven: Reflections - A Written Composition
Teacher Background Information:
Description of the Six Writing Traits:
- Ideas/Content: This trait addresses the writer's theme along with supporting details that develop and enrich that theme.
Regardless of the type or purpose of writing, ideas should be clear, complete and well developed.
One clear focus should be apparent, but development and details should be thorough, balanced and well suited to audience and purpose.
- Organization: This trait addresses the structure of a piece of writing including the thread of central meaning and the patterns that holds the piece together.
Regardless of the type or purpose of the writing, a well- thought out order of ideas should be apparent.
The structure should suit the topic, with a consciously planned opening and closing, each paragraph specific to one central idea, and transitions that tie the details together.
- Voice: The type of voice will vary according to the purpose and type of piece, but it should be appropriately formal or casual, distant or intimate, depending on the audience and purpose.
- Word Choice: This trait reflects the writer's use of specific words and phrases to convey the intended message in an interesting, precise and natural way appropriate to audience and purpose.
- Sentence Fluency: This trait addresses the rhythm and flow of language.
Sentence structure should be strong and varied.
- Conventions: This trait addresses the mechanics of writing, spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and paragraph breaks.
It an also include proper format.
The level that each teacher chooses to present this written reflection is dependent upon the judgment of the classroom teacher.
It is hoped that some form will be provided to complete the lesson unit (total project) and give the participants a chance to articulate their level of learning and understanding.
When exhibiting the students' art works (the clothed, wooden forms); it is suggested that the written compositions will also be displayed.
Suggested Student Outcome:
The students participate in a language arts activity that synopsizes their critical thinking skills and personal summary of learned information from this multidisciplinary, integrated lesson unit.