In Middle School ELA
Using Read Around Groups
Have you used 'read around groups' in your middle school ELA class?
Two years ago (I think it was two, but I keep losing track of time, so maybe it was more...!), I read Teaching Adolescent Writers, by Kelly Gallagher.
One strategy I've really enjoyed (and so have my students) is RAGs - Read Around Groups.
This is a great strategy to help students share their writing with each other and to allow them to see the variety of writing styles and skills of their peers.
How We Used Read Around Groups
We did two rounds of RAGs in class today, and will finish up and discuss tomorrow. Here's how 'read around groups' works (or at least how I did it in my room today:-):
1) I collected the students' papers - they did NOT write their names on them, to keep them as anonymous as possible.
2) We counted off to form our groups, with 4-5 students in a group.
3) I gave each group 4-5 papers, and instructed each group to write a letter and number on each paper.
Each group read two sets of papers today, and tomorrow they will read the remaining three. Then we will compare their "best" choices and discuss their justifications. As Gallagher mentions, and as I found last year, the same papers are typically picked by almost every group, and for similar reasons.
Today, we shared a few reasons for what made papers good, and they included things like:
We'll see what other descriptors students add tomorrow....we'll add those thoughts to our writing journals and then students will work on a final draft (the ones they read were second drafts).
What peer editing strategies do you use? If you haven't used 'read around groups,' I hope you'll give them a try!
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