Series Success at the Core: Authentic Assessment: Peer Conferencing

ELA.W.7.5

Common core State Standards

  • ELA:  English Language Arts
  • W:  Writing Standards 6-12
  • 7:  7th Grade
  • 5: 
    With some guidance and support from peers and
    adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed
    by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying
    a new approach, focusing on how well purpose
    and audience have been addressed. (Editing for
    conventions should demonstrate command of
    Language standards 1-3 up to and including grade
    7 on page 52.)

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Peer Conferencing

Lesson Objective: Participate in peer conferences to assess and improve personal narrative drafts
Grade 7 / ELA / Assessment
ELA.W.7.5

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Discussion and Supporting Materials

Thought starters

  1. According to the teacher, what are the two goals of peer conferencing?
  2. What steps does the teacher take to ensure productive peer conferences?
  3. What strikes you about the peer conference featured in this video?

3 Comments

  • Private message to Elizabeth Owonikoko

Teachers should not overlook the importance of peers in the classroom, they are a great resource. Peers can give each other feedback on their work to help each other understand better. They learn better from their fellow students than from their teachers at times. Teach students to start with praise and not being too critical. Teach them to ask each other questions. In the end, they should put all the feedback together and use them to write their paper. 

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  • Private message to barbara goemans
This would be way above the learning for my students. Too young.
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  • Private message to Angela Weigle
This video will be helpful for my instruction in 5th and 6th grade ELA for several reasons. First of all, I will be sharing it with my students so that they can see other students in action as a model for that they will be doing. Second, the steps Mr. Allen explains and has the students work through in the peer conferring process make sense and help guide the students so that their conferences are worthwhile. Third, the fact that the teacher is a male and the students in the video are boys will, I believe, support the boys in my class who too often encounter female teachers and may regard ELA as a subject for girls. Thanks for posting, Aaron.
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Spokane WA 99207
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