January 12, 2013

Talk it Out! (peer revising sheet)

Hi everyone! I've been meaning to share this file for quite some time now. Since 12-12-12, in fact! Like many other classes, we spent the day incorporating some fun activities revolving around the number twelve.

I kept our activities pretty simple...just added twelve in whenever I could...for a twist on our normal lessons.

Know which one was the most popular that day? It was a simple little peer-revising sheet! 

My students had been drafting their memoirs and we were at the phase where they really needed more detail. So, as partners, my students read through their respective writing pieces. They then asked as many (well, twelve that day!) questions as they could about their friend's writing piece. 

It worked like a charm! My 5th graders loved having the chance to ask their friends all of those questions. I loved hearing various students say, "ohhh ya, I forgot to put that in!". They recorded the questions on the revising sheet (shown below) then headed back to their writing pieces, to add those details.

It was the best thing a teacher could ask for...simple activity, big payoff!

I redesigned the sheet to be more generic than our 12-12-12 sheet. If you would like to download a copy, please click on the preview below...
I hope this can be of use in your classroom. And, more importantly, I hope you have a relaxing, fun-filled Saturday!!

Font by Miss Tiina at www.misstiina.com

12 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for sharing this! Editing...ugh. Such a hard concept, even for my 4th graders! Every little bit helps!! You are so sweet to always share!! You're the best!

    Amanda
    Collaboration Cuties

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  2. This will be so useful! Thanks for sharing!

    :) Kaitlyn
    Smiles and Sunshine

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  3. Love it!! Thanks for sharing!!!! Have a great weekend!

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  4. Love the little speech bubbles at the top of the page :) Editing is hard for anyone. This peer work should help! Thanks for always sharing such great ideas.

    Elizabeth
    Fun in Room 4B

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  5. I agree with Elizabeth- the speech bubbles are great visual reminders of what to ask about. I have not done much peer editing yet (I'm afraid to....) but maybe I will start! Thanks for sharing!

    -Maria
    Everyone deServes to Learn

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  6. This is great! Did the students also have question prompts or did they come up with all 12 questions on their own?

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    1. Thanks!! We modeled how to work together and ask relevant questions before we began...they did a wonderful job! Thanks again :)

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  7. What a great way for students to add details to their writing. It's a nice way for them to remember what was said.

    Jennifer
    Darling Little Learners

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  8. Oh this is so helpful. Always thinking, you are. :) I am off in Nonfiction research, biography and poetry land. LOL but I will file this away for when we go back to other kinds of writing.
    Melissa

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  9. I love this! Thank you. I have been having my kids do this orally but I like the written piece too. Then they can remember the questions and comments they were asked.

    Krystyn
    Ms. Richards Musings

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  10. This is a great idea for a way to have students peer review. It allows them to have fun with it while getting their work done.

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