Hanan joins a small group of 10th grade students at a table with their teacher. They each have a draft of a "Who I Am" poem in hand. Their teacher has provided them with feedback about their drafts and meets with them to provide additional instruction. Other students in the class are working either individually or collaboratively; there are students working on computers and students reading books. There are students talking at a table, producing a poster representing the text they are reading, and students providing one another with peer editing and feedback.
Ms. Anderson, the teacher, begins the conversation when all four of the students in the small group are seated at the table. She starts with an acknowledgment of their efforts, saying, "I enjoyed reading your first drafts. Each of you has taken this assignment to heart and produced a piece that touched me. That's one thing you all have in common from this assignment. The other thing you have in common is the fact that your poems broke the structure. Remember, we talked about the power of the two-line stanza? I'm not saying that you have to use that structure for this assignment, but I thought we could talk a bit further about that structure so that you could think about it as you produce your final copy. Take a look at your papers. Do you see what I'm talking about?"