Anyway, when I got back the next day, along with a 2 page note from the sub (they had a rough day, I'm not going to lie), was a stack of assessments with written responses that looked like this:
So, I had two choices,
1. I could cry about the sub note
2. I could re-teach them how to write a fictional narrative
I chose the second option. Because this was completely impromptu and unplanned ignore my messy rushed handwriting!
We talked about the steps for writing when answering a written response.
1. Read the prompt - What is it asking you? (The prompt was - "Describe the day you woke up as a fish.") So, we decided this was asking us to write a fictional narrative.
2. Brainstorm and organize your thoughts.
I asked the students, what do fictional stories have? Story elements! We created quick graphic organizers listing the text elements: characters, setting, problem, solution, beginning, middle, end, feelings, action, dialogue. We brainstormed what could go under each. I sent the students back to work on their own brainstorm.
3. Write. Once everyone was close to being finished with their brainstorming, I showed them how I might begin my own story.
They went back to work, and here are some of their revisions with some before and after as well. I was so proud I *ALMOST* forgot about the sub note!
After page 1
After page 2 WoW!
I also have a student who needs a bit more support and normally doesn't take the tests with the class, but I had her draw a picture to help her brainstorm. Here is her writing sample:
Have you ever done a do-over?