Now that we’ve hit the run-up to the Easter break, I’ve introduced a weekly essay task for both of my year 11 classes. It’s a big commitment in terms of curriculum time and my own workload, so I’ve had to think carefully about how I make sure it’s all worth the effort. One aspect of my practice that I’ve altered is how I provide feedback. I still adopt a ‘whole-class’ approach (and also make light annotations), but I’ve simplified the format of the template:
1. Feedback: A brief commentary on the essays themselves
2. Takeaways: Points to take forward to the next essay and for revision
3. Vocabulary: Ten words to use in the next piece of work.
Click here to download an example I used recently after my wards wrote essays on Macbeth. Screenshots below.
I do my best to be precise and avoid anything that might be confusing or unnecessary. The sheets themselves don’t take long to construct – probably about half an hour or so – and I typically use them as a reference point to guide my classes through the finer details. The ‘wider links’ section informs what I ask students to focus on for homework and wider revision.
So, all in all, nothing particularly striking or revolutionary, but that’s sort of the point. I blogged briefly in January about some of the templates I’ve used in the past. You can access the post by clicking here.
Feedback always welcome. Thanks for reading –