Monday, October 26, 2009

Jay M.S., Ocotober 27, 2009 Visits

Teacher: Nancy G.

Content: Language Arts

Grade: 7th

Focus: writing showing sentences

Literature Source: teacher made materials   

Activity:  Nancy began the lesson with a review of a discussion that took place on Friday where students found sentences that showed, not told.  They were asked to write down two ways that they could show with their sentences.  Next, students moved to pair where each person was asked to tell the other one way to write showing sentences.  Students then shared what their partner taught them about writing showing sentences as Nancy created a list on the board and asked clarifying questions, generalizing and providing examples for students to think about.  Then, students wrote showing sentences on the board for other students to respond to and make suggestions.  Writers had to be able to defend their sentences as showing sentences.  Nancy followed this by a paragraph about a haunted mansion (Mrs. G.'s House).  As students put their heads on their desks with eyes closed visualizing, Nancy continued the narrative, building a air of expectancy as she described students approaching the mansion. This was followed with students writing descriptive sentences on sentence strips - silently and independently. Once the students had completed writing, they shared their sentences and identified the technique they had used for writing descriptive sentences.  What engagement and enthusiasm - creating a real audience for real writers! 
Unknown to students, tomorrow they will play writing musical chairs.  Students move to designated desks and when the music stops, they write the next sentence.  On Friday, the teacher dressed as a Halloween "creature" will share the stories with the class.

Students responded well to this format - not being overwhelmed by the length of the project.

Purposeful Language:
  • what happens when you use too many adjectives?
  • can you give me an examples?
  • what happens when we change the word to...?
  • what do you see?
  • how can you do that?
Aha!  Regardless of the age, we love to hear stories and as authors we love to have our creations appreciated.  Every chance we create as educators help our students grow and engage!


Anonymous said...

I like the way your plans incorporate movement and active involvement on the part of the students. This must have helped them get really excited about the activity. It would seem this would help the ideas stick as well. I'm sure they will love the musical chairs activity tomorrow as well.


Anonymous said...

What an interesting way to introduce the showing sentences. I can imagine some of the creativity of the students' sentences.
I wish some of my teachers had been as innovative as you.

Colleen said...

I always enjoy a "Grimaldi" writing lesson -You have a keen way of getting to the heart of what skill and trait you want kids to focus on. I like how you incorporated visualizing into a lesson where you wanted them to better develop "showing" sentences in their writing.

Anonymous said...

I love the visualizing piece of the lesson! I'm sure to some of your students "Mrs. G's House" is a pretty scary place! What a very creative lesson!

Anonymous said...

Pair/sharing showing sentences and then having to explain/defend them is a great way to reinforce the concept in the students' minds. Isn't this an example of students teaching students!!!

I'd like to be there for Friday's reading!

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