Creative Writing activity today hey hey.
Today we reflected on our strengths and weaknesses as writers: I created a list of 9 characteristics of successful writing and then asked students to rank them in order (1 being their strongest trait as a writer and 9 being their biggest opportunity for growth). I also had them include a brief rationale explaining/justifying their choices.
I color-coded the rankings (with warmer colors being strengths and cooler colors being weaknesses and green right in the middle) and, incrementally, students placed their colors under the corresponding chart paper around the room.
We finished up with a discussion on what our strengths (creativity and word choice) and weaknesses (sentence fluency and clarity) are as a class (I participated, too!). I asked them to write a reflection at the end, as well. I’m going to use this information to (1) create lessons tailored to what they need (I mean I already knew for the most part after reading all that they’ve written, but I think it’s a good, reflexive activity for them to see themselves), and (2) match up peer editors according to strengths/weaknesses to hopefully improve collaboration! :)