Here in South Jersey, were are eagerly awaiting snowageddon!! Blizzard + coastal flooding + four kids under the age of 7 stuck inside all weekend = CRAZINESS!!
Anyway, before we lose power to the snowpocalypse, I wanted to post the latest in my engagement series and it's one of my absolute FAVORITES!! Now, I will make no claims to have "invented" Read-Around Groups. Just a quick Google search will lead you to countless awesome teachers who rock this strategy on the daily.
Read-Around Groups are for sure, the BEST way that I've ever found, to actually get students investing in revising and editing their papers. THE BEST!! You have students complete them after they've finished writing their first drafts of an essay. Don't let students write their names on the paper... Have them use a number instead (like their birth date... Nothing too personal, but a way to identify them without the whole class knowing whose paper is whose).
Try them a few times and you will be hooked, I promise! It's great for the kids to glimpse almost everyone's first draft of their paper, and it really helps them get some great ideas for revising and editing their own papers.
Check out all five of the posts in this series:
- Strategy #1 – The Graffiti Wall
- Strategy #2 – The Scavenger Hunt
- Strategy #4 – Four Corners
- Strategy #5 – Collaboration Station