Discussion in 'General Education' started by MissScrimmage, Jun 20, 2011.
Jun 20, 2011
7 days of school left... any great, quick writing lessons to share???
Ask 5 students to each give you an "interesting" word. Write them on the board and be sure that everyone understands the meaning. Students work alone or with a partner to write a story that incorporates all 5 words.
Six word memoirs
Have your students make "I have learned..." posters for next year's students
Brainstorm a crazy project and write a script for an infomercial
Write letters to next year's students.
Write ads for what to do this summer.
Create a memory page with every piece covered in words from the year.
Write a quick paragraph about where you'll be in 10-20 years. Collect them and try and guess who wrote which one.
Awesome! We are doing this tomorrow!
Thanks everyone for the ideas. I'll definitely be putting them to use!
I had each student come up with a question to ask the group, for example, favorite food, color, animal, etc. Then, they asked questions like: favorite activity this year, and so forth.
Then, I made a page for each student and they wrote out the answers, glued on their picture and wrote a biography. I copied everyone's and they took home a class biography.
It won't take 7 days, but it might take a couple if you do the brainstorming, the rough and final drafts.
You can also have them write letters to next year's sixth graders about the things they will do and learn in your class.
Jun 21, 2011
round robin story- students write a sentence for each prompt, then fold the paper and switch. After the last sentence, have them unfold and share!
1. Her name
2. His name
3. where they met
4. what they did
5. what she gave him
6. what he said
7. what he gave her
8. what she said
9. what happened next
A persuasive essay. Have them take a side and defend it:
- Should an adolesent's right to privacy be limited? How?
- Shoud a candidate's right to privacy be limited? How? How about an elected official?
- Which is more imporant-- your intentions or your actions?
- Your school is facing a budget crisis and NEEDS to eliminate a sport. Should it be football-- which is expensive but popular-- or volleyball-- which is much cheaper but also less popular?
- Which is more important in a career-- job satisfaction or money?
- If you could live anywhere on the planet, where would it be and why?
- You've just won a million dollars. BUT it must all be spent today, and you can't buy anything concrete-- you must donate the money to good causes. Which do you choose? Why?
This is fun.. read a poem and discuss it as a class (I did Mushrooms by Sylvia Plath.) It needs to be sort of long. The, after you have discussed it, have the kids choose several words that stand out for them. The, they write their own poems using the words from the other poem. I try to do this several times a year, but you could do one a day.
I have seniors, but they always remember that their 6th grade teacher took them outside and they wrote a story from the perspective of a grasshopper.
Separate names with a comma.