Poem A Day:
I chose this song because it inspires the Ted Talk I am working on for this project.
Lyrics are here.
Today’s objective is: Students will share their projects with peers in small groups so they can develop, clarify and strengthen their ideas.
I asked students to have their rough drafts ready today to share in small groups. So, I had to have my Ted talk rough draft ready.
One of the lessons I learned in this unit, and I hope my students will learn, is if you want to do something well, you have to put a lot of time, thought, energy, and effort into that something. And then, you still may not be able to meet your own expectations. But- you may exceed someone else’s.
Anyway, I read my rough draft to the students and showed them my work-in-progress-slideshow. I gathered their suggestions, and ideas, and told them my game plan for finishing this bad boy by Monday.
Students shared their rough drafts in groups of three. They all worked to strengthen their ideas and make sure they were being clear. Final drafts and presentations are due Monday. I secured the school’s theater for presentations, so that is pretty epic and exciting! I will have to take pictures and post them 🙂
Students share out improvements they will make as a result of today’s work.
Poem A Day:
I did not have a poem for today. Instead we had an activity to switch up seating and collaborative groups. I had students arrange themselves into groups of four without saying a word. There was only one rule: You can’t work with anyone you have already worked with this year.
I was surprised how quickly they were able to do it and they seemed excited about the new groups.
I then asked the students to share their articles and thoughts on their articles in their new groups.
Today’s objective is to determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; or to provide an objective summary of the text.
I started by distributing copies of the article I chose for the next several class sessions. I will use this as a mentor text and one that I will model every day’s objective with.
First we read the story. Then we took notes about it together as a class (the students yelled out their thoughts, and I typed them in this doc. I posted this to Google Classroom for the students to reference as we move through the unit.
Students filled out this same doc about their own article and attempted to write an objective summary of their article that determined the central idea and the specific details that developed that idea.
Students finished the work for homework.