Reflecting back, I could have added more structure to the pair/share group time by providing guided questions for each group. Working without an inclusion teacher or tutor for that class period made it necessary for more planning in which I didn't consider. I'm learning along the way. But I do believe guided questions would have kept more of my students on task for the remainder of the class period, especially for students who tend to get off task easily.
The next day I opened the class up with a scholar talk in which we discussed the purpose of group writing. I used the proverb "iron sharpens iron" to effectively illustrate group work and the benefits thereof. I explained to them that writing with each other can strengthen the weaker areas that each student may have as they become strong. We also discussed that our strengths can enhance another scholar's abilities and make them become better writers.