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Discussion in 'Secondary Education' started by Iowa_Teacher, Aug 5, 2007.

  1. Iowa_Teacher

    Iowa_Teacher Rookie

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    What does everyone think about quote responses as a daily opening activity. I have 3 different writing courses and I thought having them respond to a quote or something every day would be a nice way to open. It would get them writing and I've found that things go smoothly when they know what to do when they come in. Any ideas?
     
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  3. bandnerdtx

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    Quote responses are good, but I wouldn't do them everyday. The kids need some variety.

    Another good source of journal topics that are fun and thought provoking is Kids Book of Questions.

    I would also mix in some grammar/vocabulary/spelling warm ups, too.

    For cool, quick writing activities that can easily be extended in to longer pieces, I LOVE theWrite Brain Workbook. I used this a lot at the end of last year (because that's when I discovered it), and the kids really enjoyed it. Several of the activities are the right length for a bell ringer.
     
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    Sounds good. Add to it ethical issues (every now and again) and you should have some wonderful responses.
     
  5. gumbita

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    When I was in school, my English teacher gave us 2 or 3 choices to choose from for the warm up, sometimes it was how we felt about a particular thing in a book we were reading, a quote, or a current event. I really liked having a choice and I was more likely to write something decent. I think I am going to try to incorporate that into my class as well.
     
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    When I did warm-ups I think I was too concerned about ALWAYS doing something very related to the previous or current day's lesson. I wish I had sprinkled in a little more "fun stuff." One day when we were studying the periodic table I used some puns about the elements on the periodic table ("What do you do to a wrinkled shirt" - "iron") and the kids got a big kick out of it. I think playing games or doing little brain teasers every now and then is a good way to mix it up!
     

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