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How do you get students to extend their writing voluntarily, without setting a minimum number of sentences/pages? It’s frustrating to say, “Write a paragraph about xyz,” and the first thing kids say is, “How many sentences?” If you say, “Seven,” then they become period counters, and that’s where they stop even if it’s in the middle of a thought. My goal is to give the assignment and they complete it fully without counting periods/pages.

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Modeling is always helpful. When my students ask “How long does it need to be?” I’ll reply “Long enough to answer the question completely.” Or “long enough to fully explain your point.” And that way I can just keep sending it back for revisions until they’ve written “enough”.

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That's exactly what I say, too!

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Students need to know what a complete paragraph looks like. Model your expectations and hold them to it!

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I focus on what I want the paragraph to include.

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Open Ended Guiding Questions. . . Maybe? 🤷🏾

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