Today my Grade 6s were finishing up an activity we have been working on for a bit. I had received the ‘Lettre de la Grande Course de l’Ontario’ from a few other schools in Chatham.
For those that haven’t heard of it, it is essentially a letter from a student in another school, where they introduced and talk briefly about themselves. I thought it would be a great way to give my Grade 6s the opportunity to write about themselves in French in an authentic situation.
I decided to have them type their letters up on Google Docs and share them with me on Google Drive. The reason we did this, was they were able to get specific feedback from me very quickly. I could go home that night (or even during class) and highlight a specific part of their letter and add ‘comments’. I would often leave them a quick question related to the success criteria that we had discussed.
Here are some examples of the comments I added (if you click on the images, you will get a clearer view):
Its quite nifty, when they have read and made the corrections, they click ‘resolve’ and I get an email informing me that they completed whatever it was that I had commented on. I also like that I can go back and see what the comments had said, even after they click resolve.
After some back and forth with them proofing, editing and tweaking their letters, they got printed out today. We talked about addressing an envelope, they found a school somewhere else in Ontario and our letters are packaged and officially ready to go!
Now my students will eagerly await their return letters. My grade 7s saw the letters on my desk and even asked me if they could have penpals! Any takers?? 🙂