English, Education, Solo, Literacy
 
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I'm trying to use SOLO for students to reflect on their own learning more regularly, and this is a trial really- we're at the end of the year, results are in and this is my time to try new stuff.

This is linked with the previous post, in that I used the success criteria generated from the example above, and asked the students to comment on which 'stage' they felt they were at. 

I asked them to write this on a slip of paper, and I was able to literally count where the class felt they were at- and- to my discomfort at this stage- there were not as many 'relational' as I would like. I felt a bit rubbish about that, but I guess ignorance isn't bliss.

Anyway, I redressed  this next lesson, and the next set of learning outcomes were, 'we will be able to 'put together' our ideas into a detective story.' We also had also a 'how will we know that we've succeeded?' discussion as well, so this is clearly modelled.

In the next lesson, we then played 'detective consequences.' I wanted to have a fun activity which would help the students literally put pieces of a story together, and contribute to others'  work. I began with a starting line: "As the detective approached __________, he/she began to feel _____________," and then had other lines and prompts such as, 'on the next line, add something about the detective's senses,' or 'describe the atmosphere.' It had all kinds of fantastic benefits such as being able to analyse line by line what makes a successful piece of work, and the "poor" lines which took away from the suspense and the tension, things which really annoy me as an English teacher such as "... and then he shot him dead."  In terms of punctuation and spelling, these were things that we could also pick up on as part of the peer assessment just afterwards, and discuss as part of the actual process of writing a story- particularly full stops and commas being a crucial part of the creation of tension.

There's a couple of examples here- one of which is considerably stronger than the other. I'll let you make up your own mind which...



 


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English, Education, Solo, Literacy