"Be Sure To": A Powerful Reflection Strategy
Lesson Objective: Encourage reflection and goal setting
Grades 6-8 / ELA / Reflection

Thought starters

  1. How does this strategy serve as both a reflection tool and an action plan?
  2. Notice how this reflection continues to push students towards deep understanding of the text. How can Be Sure To statements act as an assessment tool?
I love this idea especially in combination with a reading a model that may lead to a writing- "Be sure to"... is a great phrase to focus them on the main aspects that make the writing unique. I usually have my students discuss the "Key Ideas" from our lesson, but I want to add this. Thanks!
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I think this is a timely strategy given the need for goal-oriented strategies in support of the Common Core. Also very student-centered, which I know kids appreciate. Could be a cool way for students to provide input in the creation of upcoming assessments.
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Thank you for sharing the idea of the "Be Sure To..." statements. In addition, if the students add the "why" (should they do that) or "why" (is it important) it will help increase their metacognitive thinking.
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I like the goal statement idea. Having students reflect on certain tasks will make them more aware of what they are doing.
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Quite an interesting and effective way to encourage reflection. It is multidisciplinary. Great work.
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  • TEXT:
    Strategies: Be Sure To
    00:00:04 JULIE MANLEY: One of the last steps I always like to ask students to perform

    Strategies: Be Sure To
    00:00:04 JULIE MANLEY: One of the last steps I always like to ask students to perform is some sort of reflection. TEXT:
    Julie Manley
    8th Grade ELA Teacher
    Chinook Middle School, Bellevue, WA
    00:00:11 JULIE MANLEY: I want you to be able to think of some be sure to's.
    00:00:13 JULIE MANLEY: I like to ask my students to think about a be sure to and often craft their own be sure to statement. And this requires them to perhaps pull one aspect of a rubric or a task that I'm asking them to do and articulate what that task should be.
    00:00:30 JULIE MANLEY: Now that you've just read this model essay, what should we be sure to do or not do? We can even think about it like that, and that will help you write your outline as homework.
    00:00:40 JULIE MANLEY: So, when students write I will be sure to, it's somewhat like a goal statement and it's somewhat like an action item for them to be able to perform the next day or in the future.
    00:00:50 JULIE MANLEY: Mary, a do or a don't do?
    00:00:53 MARY: I think it's really important to use appeals.
    00:00:56 BOY: From paragraph three, like, the person, like, repeat himself and stuff. So, we shouldn't do that. Like, don't boreā€¦
    00:01:02 JULIE MANLEY: In crafting a be sure to statement, students can focus in on what action item they will perform and that they will actually apply.
    00:01:12 : What are you going to now be sure to do during your speech based on what you saw?
    00:01:17 BOY: I said loud voices and not shake when you're presenting.
    00:01:23 JULIE MANLEY: This allowed students to both think about what they saw today and then use that observation in planning for the future.
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Chinook Middle School
11650 S.E. 60th
Bellevue WA 98006
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