Tuesday, January 16, 2018

More About Mountain Biking

Time to Write!

In small groups, students used the prioritized ideas to work together to write a sentence for the three different ideas to introduce their topic.  They quickly realized that these sentences often utilized at least one of the details to make mountain biking sound thrilling.

Each group presented their ideas for us to vote on a favorite. Every group's new topic presented better sentences to choose from. When we were done we went back to the sentences to make sure we had a topic, implied or stated, a direction that fit our idea of mountain biking being thrilling, and great vocabulary to match the topic and direction.

Finally, we got to the point where we needed to decide on a closing. (The students had no idea that I wore the perfect shirt for the occasion.) Chase your dreams will definitely make it into our closing statement somehow.

Mountain Biking Anyone?

A new year means a new direction. This time we are diving into persuasive writing, but don't tell the students. We are going to let them figure it out on their own. It all started with If..then statements. We decided to to dive into the idea of mountain biking.

From there, we came up with a group If...then statement about running. This led us to our weekly homework where we were able to practice our new skill by writing a topic sentence per day. These sentences came into school the next day for us to share and modify.

Our next writing lesson revolved around five different teacher labeled topic sentence buckets. Students were given index cards to fill in with details that would work for any of the given buckets.