The Last Leg of This Writing Adventure
Today in Language Arts, students worked to create their final drafts of their respective writing projects. So far, they have completed a pre-write, a rough draft, participated in writer’s workshop, took advantage of conference opportunities, and are now utilizing my own feedback to craft a final product of which, I hope, they can be proud. The writing process is never a closed loop. It’s a series of vision and revision that can sometimes see a finished product only barely resemble a pre-write or, as is more often the case, a final product that is a refined distillation of an author’s original ideas. One of the things I find most exciting about writing is that it tends to take on a life of its own as the author takes it through the many steps required before finally releasing it into the world. I hope these projects have helped these young authors to reflect, challenge themselves, and grow in their writing. I’ve been very impressed by what I’ve read so far and can’t wait to read their final drafts.
The final drafts are due Monday for 6th, 7th, and 8th, and Wednesday for High School. At that time we will put the last bit of polish on them prior to turning them in at the end of class. That being said, I would like to keep this process open as long as is needed for any student who wishes it. If a student would like to continue the revision process on this paper for any reason, anything from not liking the grade received up to wanting to explore this topic further, I am happy to extend the invitation to that student to continue to conference with me to receive further feedback and to continue revisions until they are satisfied that their goals have been met. The ultimate goal with this and any writing should always be an author who is as satisfied as possible with his/her/their work. If I can facilitate this satisfaction in anyway for your student, I am happy to do so. Helping young students to see themselves as young authors is one of the best perks of my job.