Every time we teach and do either a formative or summative assessment, we peer or teacher assess.
However, sometimes it is understandbly difficult to create a new set of assessment criteria or success criteria per task - let's face it, there just aren't enough hours in the day or PPA time in the world!
So, in an effore to combat this, our Peer Assessment Pack is now available on our TES page. It's a series of five different peer assessment grids: Reading (Comprehension), Reading (Analysis), Essay Writing, Creative Writing (Fiction), Creative Writing (Non-Fiction). It's a simple checklist allowing peers to say yes or no to success criteria as appropriate (just cross out what you don't need!) and then has a summative comment section for What Went Well and Even Better If...
Hope they're helpful - every teacher loves a timesaver!
Tonight, a revision activity based on learning the rules of different forms of poetry. The sheets contain one example each of haiku, limerick, ballad, free verse, blank verse and sonnet poems from a variety of authors.
Take the time to teach your stars about different types of text, seeing which they enjoy and want to learn more about, as well as allowing them to try different writing styles once they've got the rules cracked.
Resource available on our TES page.
'Private Peaceful' is a rich text offering a lot personally, emotionally but also as a teaching tool. In this resource, it focuses on how authors cater for purpose, audience and effect.
It starts with a grid where you can look at different techniques around language, structure and imagery with pupils. Then the worksheet goes through pupils identifying and changing different writing methods to see what effect authors have within their texts, before finishing with creative writing tasks to test what pupils have learned about writing for purpose and impact.
There will be more to come in terms of guided reading - enjoy!
A second punctuation worksheet, this time on the underestimate hyphens and dashes. A dying art form, but one our stars have to show they can use in sophisticated pieces of writing. It's very similar to the semi-colons and colons worksheet in principle; it has definitions, single sentence examples to try out before a paragraphing activity, all with pupils copying this out in mind - handwriting and punctuation rolled into one!
Let me know if you have any other punctuation requests :)
A quick worksheet for learning about colons and semi-colons, containing a definition box, sentence structure practice and finally a whole paragraph exercise. Designed with the idea of pupils copying out information - a useful handwriting practice exercise as well!
Hopefully more punctuation sheets to follow - do let me know if you want me to move anything up my priority list! Let me know how you get on using this - I'm aware it's quite text-heavy so comments and suggestions welcomed.
From working with primary schools, I know the intense emphasis placed on grammatical concepts and showing that pupils can use these accurately - ouch.
I'm hoping in the future to come up with lessons and resources on actually teaching some of these concepts, but in the meantime I have a worksheet for you based on the active and passive voice. The gist is that pupils read the extract and play around with changing active to passive and vice versa to learn what it does in texts and why we should recognise it. The extract finishes in a convenient place to allow for an extension activity to continue the story and practice using the two concepts imaginatively in their own work.
And hopefully, you might get a few Roald Dahl fans out of this as well! Enjoy - let me know how it goes and what other grammar worksheets you'd like to see on here!
Have I got a Friday treat for you - tonight, I bring you not one, not two, but three posters to help with reading and essay writing in the classroom.
One is on the process of moving between 'Understand', 'Explain' and 'Analyse' when reading and analysing a text - it provides basic questions to explain what pupils should be looking for.
A second is on what to think about when reading a book in lessons - from how they personally feel about it, to the author's messages and meanings, and everything in between.
And finally, you have in the collection a reading comprehension pathway. It's an archaic name for a process we do everyday when writing based on a central text - it's a flow chart of how to tackle the simplest of reading tasks.
The beauty of these PDF posters is that they could be used in classroom displays as general reminders, or as A5 sheets in pupils books to help them in their everyday work - or both! Regardless, they're a colourful way of remembering what the success criteria is in reading tasks, and suitable for KS2 and lower KS3.
You can find these delights on my TES homepage, where there is a nominal charge for downloading.
Please don't modify without permission - and, as always, let me know what you think and how you use these, I'm eager to know!
Things like this are some of my favourite activities to do - it can be used to definitively show how good readers make good writers.
The gist is simple: using the resource below, you ask pupils to try and create examples of a type of writing (the example I've provided is for comedy). They cannot look at the rest of the booklet before doing this. Then, ask them to read the examples and consider the stars and wishes - what works well, and what doesn't in the extract. They can annotate and highlight to their heart's contents being happy little critics. Finally, the same grid from the start reappears - having read what they have, what examples can they come out with now?
Look at the examples side-by-side; get pupils to self and/or peer assess the changes and (hopefully!) improvements and explore why these are better choices. Fingers crossed, you come out with a classroom full of pupils whose second examples are better than their first, and thus show them that reading more made them better writers.
It's also a useful way to introduce them to new reading materials and drag them from same-genre same-author monotony. The texts I've used - 'Demon Dentist', 'The Princess Diaries' and 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' are perhaps best suited to later KS2 or very early KS3, and of course the same thing can be done with other texts - these are just samples.
As always, let me know how you get on, and please refer resources and new users to Literacy Stars - more stars means we shine brighter!
Exciting times - my first literacy share on Literacy Stars!
And today, I bring you P.E.E. Mobiles.
It sounds weird but it's a brilliant way to keep track of your pupils' understanding of explaining and analysing texts.
You copy as many of the below document as you need, plus a few spares (for the ones who love to be neat and the ones who will inevitably need to redo), and chop them up (kids can do the proper cutting, you just need a quick slice!). Only hand out the 'point' mobile. Pupils cannot get the 'evidence' mobile until you've checked their work and signed them off on it - the same goes for moving to the 'explanation' mobile. Then, to top it all off, if pupils have a good explanation sorted, you hole punch the bottom of the 'point', the top and bottom of the 'evidence', and the top of the 'explanation' and give them treasury tags - they've created their mobile! And in a double-header, you've got yourself some lovely display materials acting as reminders for good practice/success criteria.
Give it a go - it's something I love doing with year seven, and although it sounds a bit claustrophobic, I promise you won't have 30 kids coming at you together - in fact, differentiate by having the higher level kids assess the P.E.E.s of those still working.
Let me know how you get on in the 'Comments', and by all means feedback on your experiences good or bad!
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