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In composition, students spent significant time drafting their definition essays and some have started to share their writing on Google Drive. What may have seemed simple at first, proved to be more challenging as writers were faced with exposing the nuances of unexpectedly challenging terms. Through multiple peer and teacher conferences, students began to develop organizational patterns for their ideas, and they started to look for examples from their own lives to help give substance to their writing. At the same time, writing circle work is proving to be a much anticipated activity. There is a definite buzz in the air when students arrive on Friday, drafts in hand and eager to share. As both an observer and participant, I have watched students' response and feedback skills improve along with their writing. In a few weeks, we will be switching to publishing circles and writers will be expected, with the guidance of their groups, to take a piece public. It might be a little scary, but it will also prove to be a very rewarding experience.