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TCTELA Truisms

Two lessons: truisms and levels of truisms (with sentence frame)
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Kayla and Stephen Briseño

on 6 December 2018

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Transcript of TCTELA Truisms

STAAR Wars:
Expository Writing for
STAAR and Life

Stephen and Kayla Briseño
Elementary? Yes.
High School? Yeah.
Middle? Yep.
trailofbreadcrumbs.net
Contact Us:
1. What were some of your biggest challenges
in your content this past year?
2. What was a success you
had this past year?
TRUISMS
Truisms
Should
Be/Have:
Some people sacrifice a lot for others.
There are many ways to show someone you love them.
Sometimes you have to do difficult things on your own.
Sometimes you have to take risks in order
to accomplish goals.
A good song can move people.
A Truism
teaches us about the world and how it works.
is a statement about life that is true for just about everyone.
Am I just describing what's happening in the picture?
IF I AM, IT'S NOT A TRUISM!
Am I telling people what to do?
People are swimming.
X
X
X
X
X
Don't swim with sharks.
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Let's try.
Big Ideas
What are some simple
words or phrases
that capture big ideas?
Reflect
Pause
&
For each prompt, write a short response.
Make sure your answer is specific.
Instructions:
What are two objects that are currently on your shopping list?
Shopping List
Examples
puzzles for my daughter
tea
Write down two things (tangible or intangible)
you are glad you have and/or want to keep.
Glad You Have
Examples
my coffee maker
my sense of optimism
What are two things you have discussed with someone recently?
Topics of Conversation
the movie
Finding Dory
Examples
moving
Where are two places that you really want to visit?
Vacation Spots
Examples
Portland, Oregon
Lake Vermillion in northern Minnesota
What are two things that you wish you had but don't have anymore?
Lost Forever
my gold Lincoln Towncar
my scooter
Examples
I wish I could go to...
It has/is...
It also has/is...
That's why...
#4
1. I wish I could go to...
2. It has/is...
3. It also has/is...
4. That's why...
Books
Movies
Moments in History
The treasures in our lives are often hidden.
The 11-Minute
Essay
1. Explain this statement. What does it mean?
(1 minute)
2. How is that statement
true in a book/story?
(3 minutes)
3. How is that statement
true in a movie or TV show?
(3 minutes)
4. How is it true in
your own life?
(3 minutes)
5. Reflect on the statement.
What are you still wondering? Restate. Conclude.

(1 minute)
History
Books
Movies
News
Science
Sports
Scenarios

Hannah bought my new Sunday socks.
HANNAHs
1. What were some of your biggest challenges
in your content this past year?
2. What was a success you
had this past year?
Burning questions?
What are some strategies/ideas
that you plan on using this coming school year?

@Trail_of_BCs

Favorite Place
I wish I could go to...
It has/is...
It also has/is...
That's why...
The Steps to Well-Crafted Truisms
What do you see on the surface?
Identify the BIG IDEAS
Word Choice
Precision
Personality/Not Clichéd
Make a list of at least 5 concepts (big ideas) that are important or valuable to you.
Instructions:
Ex.
1. Love
2. Friendship
3. Integrity
Levels of Truisms
From Lame to Fame!
Level One
go against our rules for truisms (describe or command); non-truisms
Level Two
cliché,
expected, not surprising; everyone knows it and agrees with it. There's no
proprioceptive
response.
Level Three
go beyond the cliché, are thought-provoking, and truly surprise us. These are "
Clickbait
" truisms!
Ex. You should be a true friend.
Ex. Friendship is important in life.
Ex. The person who's not there can carry the most weight.
YOU TRY!
Revise one of your previous truisms and turn it into a "clickbait" truism.

OK...but how?!?
Big Idea
is/isn't
does/doesn't
will/won't
can/can't
should/shouldn't
might/might not
may/may not
requires
personifying verbs
Other strong verbs

+
+
Truth
that you believe about that big idea
Exit ticket:

Write your BEST truism on a sticky note.

Write your name at the bottom to get credit.
"Sometimes, the thing you've been looking for your whole life is right there beside you all along." -Peter Quill
What Do You See?
Book Club Meeting Time


1. BEFORE YOUR WORK ON BOOK CLUB STUFF:
Do assignment #019 in Google Classroom. YOU NEED HEADPHONES FOR THIS.

2. Team Leaders:
Make sure you have signed
your group up for a meeting time (#018 in
Google Classroom).

2. Everyone:
Get ready for your last meeting
by:
reading chapters 21-30
working on thoughtlog #3 (on paper on #016 in Google Classroom)
Remain quiet. Work independently. Hold your questions. Get these things done:
Truisms
Could
Be/Have:
Using Art, Media, and Truisms to Foster Analysis Skills
with Kayla and Stephen Briseño
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TCTELA 2018
Kayla and Stephen Briseño
Public School English Teachers
for Alamo Heights ISD in
San Antonio.
Parents to 4 year-old Zinnia,
a.k.a. Wonder Bat Girl
Contact Us
trailofbreadcrumbs.net
brisenoin209.weebly.com
mrsbrisenosclass.weebly.com
@kayla_briseno
@stephen_briseno
#TeachingBrisenos
@trail_of_BCs
@gretchbernabei
kaylabriseno@gmail.com
stephen.briseno@gmail.com
Our Goal This Afternoon
Scaffolding the process of analyzing any text
by using art & photography as a
springboard.
I'm just describing the picture.
I'm giving advice--good advice--but it's not a truism.
Love
Friendship
Heartache
(a teacher-y definition)
Layer One:
What do you see?
Layer Two:
Big Ideas
Layer Three:
Deeper Meaning
(surface-level; tangible)
(a little deeper; intangible)
(a.k.a. Truism or THEME)
Layer One:
Layer Two:
Layer Three:
What do you see?
Make a list of big ideas that you see.
Choose two big ideas and write a truism that would express the message of the film.
Summarize in 2-3 sentences.
Truism Sentence Frame*
*Use this if you're stuck. If you're not, feel free to try your own thing!
Understanding Character
Synthesizing
Information
Interpreting Themes
Understanding Perspectives
Gravity Goldberg
4 Parts of the Reading & Thinking Puzzle
TAKE AWAYS
What is something you're going
to take into the classroom next week?
Short Film:
Wire Cutters
Gretchen
Bernabei
Thanks for coming!
Some of the truism lessons came from these books.
These books are on sale in the QEP booth right now!
Books
Movies/TV Shows
Moments in History
1. Explain this statement. What does it mean? 1 minute
The treasures in our lives are often hidden.

"You don't know what someone is going through until you've walked two moons in his moccasins."

from
Walk Two Moons
by Sharon Creech

"It's our choices, rather than our abilities, that define who we are."

-Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore
2. How is this statement true
in a book or a story? 3 minutes
3. How is this statement true in a movie or TV show?
3 minutes
4. How is this statement true in a moment in history? 3 minutes
5. Reflect on the statement.
What are you still wondering? Restate. Conclude. 1 minute
Choose a Truism
morals and civic truth
what we aspire to be

SHOULD NOT BE CLICHE

Multiple layers/accessible for multiple levels of learners

relevant to most people/universal

Can be argued both ways/antithesis

Make the reader think about his/her life
controversy

Can be argued both ways/antithesis

in the form of a question

multiple meaning based on context

unpopular opinion

great graphics/pic
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