Strategy 11: Re-write

(after reading)

This is a writing-to-learn strategy that can help students comprehend better what they are reading. Ask students to read a piece of text, and then re-write it from a different point of view, a different “voice.” They could take Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions* and write it from a contemporary woman’s point of view, or a man’s point of view. Or they could re-write a dissection lab experiment from the viewpoint of the fetal pig! Not only would they have fun with it, and tap into their creativity, but it would give you great insight into how they are understanding the reading. Have them share their writing with each other.

This is especially good as a blended assignment between English and math, science or social studies. Re-writing a math word problem with a literary twist can be great for both classes. There's a nice example from a middle school student in the handouts.

Assignment: Try this strategy with your classes and write about how it worked in the discussion tab for this page. Send any student examples that you'd like to share with others to the course instructor for posting here.

*For a copy of Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions, see http://members.scope.oakland.k12.mi.us/unit.aspx?unit=325 Then, under Unit Resources, click on SuppMatSS090100_Word_Document.