To help students practice revision skills in context, examples in each unit come from two or three example essays about a particular topic or theme.
Each unit also comes with one strand of a grading rubric that can be compiled with each new unit to create a master rubric for any writing students do during the year. This way you can be sure you’re not evaluating students on skills you haven’t specifically taught or reviewed with them. With each new writing assignment in your class—as well as those written for history, science, and other subjects—students can be evaluated on one or more strands of the TMR rubric. As they write more and more, multiple evaluations can be used to track a student’s progress in particular writing skills as well as the progress of their writing as a whole.
The bellwork activities in TMR (Ten-Minute Revision) units come in two formats: PowerPoint and printable PDF. The PowerPoint version is meant to be very interactive and would be perfect for a Smart Board or other interactive whiteboard. The PDF files are best if you have to use a traditional overhead transparency projector, but they are also useful if you want to print a few personal copies for students who would do better with a printout on their desk. You could also print copies for students that were absent.
While all unit pieces come as easily-printed PDFs, the unit download also includes the original Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files. This allows you to customize the products if you wish. Two font files are included with the download and must be installed if you customize the files. This installation is simple and only takes a few seconds.
INCLUDED IN EACH UNIT:
10 days of bellwork activities (with the 10th being a quiz review)
3 annotated examples that identify a spectrum of writing going from ineffective to effective to advanced
3 versions of a revision practice activity differentiated for students at different levels
1 guided writing practice activity that usually comes with 5 prompts as well as suggested reading or video clips for background and writing starters
2 versions of a unit quiz, perfect for individual differentiation and complete with answer keys
1 classroom poster perfect for reminding students of the unit’s concepts
1 writing rubric for evaluating students’ use of the unit’s concepts in their own writing
Some units also include an e-reading analysis activity
SUGGESTED UNIT TIMELINE:
Each unit should last anywhere from two to three weeks.
Start right into the Day One bellwork activity on the first day of the unit.
The supplementary Annotated Examples, Writing Practice, and eReading Activity can be used as needed at the beginning of class in the place of bellwork or after the day’s bellwork is finished as an extension. If the students are getting a concept easily and no extra practice is needed, they can be skipped.
By Friday of the second week, students should be ready to take the Unit Quiz.
o Differentiation: The “Modified” or “Alternate” quiz is geared towards students who typically struggle with test-taking, such as some IEP students. The decision to use this version should be made on a student-to-student basis.
The Revision Practice activity could be done before or after the quiz. I suggest using it as an extra practice for students who didn’t do well on the quiz and would like to do a retake. Whether the activity is done after the quiz or earlier, it should be done in conjunction with a review of the Annotated Examples.