Constructing Lessons: Background,
Mentor Text, and Visual Scaffolds
|•||In Plain English: I define the error or concept in language that is as plain as possible.|
|•||AKA or Also Known As: I give other names that often refer to the error or concept.|
|•||Student Error: I include an example of a Student Error to show common mistakes student writers make.|
|•||Behind the Error: I look beyond the actual error and consider what might be causing the student to make the error. I share pseudo-concepts and common missing links that block understanding of this error or concept.|
After linking the concept to typical Student Errors, I present instructional ideas and resources for teaching about the error or concept.
Mentor Text: Mentor Text shows the error in another light: the light of correctness. If students are going to stare at writing and talk about it, they