Peer Critique: Historical Accuracy of Ideas and Vocabulary

Promotes collaboration in the classroom with a historical fiction instructional activity. Fourth graders partner up and read the other's narrative, in order to give feedback on vocabulary choice and accuracy of historical information. After conferencing, young writers transfer the feedback to their drafts and begin revising their narratives with a colored pencil.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Establish a respectful protocol that allows learners to provide constructive and specific feedback
  • Keep individual work organized in a folder
  • Explain the importance of skipping lines in the drafts, which makes it easier to distinguish revision notes
Classroom Considerations
  • The seventh of 16 lessons that guides learners through the process of writing a historical fiction narrative set in Colonial America
  • Provide colored pencils for individuals to use
  • Common Core designed
  • Includes a narrative feedback form and a narrative anchor chart that walks pupils through the revision process
  • Offers ways to set up a protocol to provide the most helpful and constructive feedback
  • None
Common Core