In a time of so many Hallmark holidays, I find it especially important to remember holidays of true importance. As I start to reflect on this Veteran’s Day, I say a special prayer of thanksgiving for my brother, my father, my uncles, my grandfathers, several friends who served, and for my father-in-law who was killed in action. For those who served and continue to serve, I say thanks.
Here are some resources I found as I look for resources to use with my students.
Late week, my kids practiced writing the elements of effective arguments using this clip. The kids had a great time and were able to practice the elements of claim, opposing viewpoint, counter argument, and call to action. Grover Tries to Sell Wigs
I love this! I often use photographs as writing prompts in my middle school classroom, but I had never had the idea to use Youtube videos. What a genius idea! Thank you so much. I am going to add this to “To Do List” for the upcoming school year.
My students would also love finding videos for us to use.
I (Cathy) teach Writer’s Workshop in my university literacy class by having my student teachers participate in one. They engage in the entire process from selecting a genre, to peer editing, to learning from descriptive feedback, to publishing their work. I am amazed every year how much the student teachers gain from the experience. They often begin the process terrified of being a writer and of teaching writing. The Writer’s Workshop structure helps them overcome much of that fear. One of the biggest challenges they must overcome is selecting a genre to write in. Every year several students are completely stymied by this. To aid these students I provide wordless picture books for which they must write the words. They love it and swear they will do this for their own students when they are teachers.
The other day I came across a new source for stimulating writing. It made me laugh out…
My email, Facebook, and Twitter feed are full of language teachers sharing the new song by Weird Al, “Word Crimes.” A new generation will be introduced to Weird Al as teachers welcome students back to school in a few weeks. Here is the video found on YouTube–“Word Crimes.” Watch and enjoy.
1. Start of the Year: Students write a 3-word summary about themselves. Then, trace their hands, write their summary on the hand, and post hands on the bulletin board. Below are pictures of some done my 8th graders a few years ago.
2. Response to Literature: Students write 3-word summaries of a story, novel, or poem.
3. Response to Literature: Students write 3-word summaries from the perspective of characters in a story.
4. Ticket out the Door: Students write a 3-word summary for an important lesson–can be used for any subject.