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7th Grade--Truisms and Levels of Truisms

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

on 19 June 2017

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Transcript of 7th Grade--Truisms and Levels of 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 are statements about life
that are true for just about everyone.

They show us something true about the world and how it works.
Some people sacrifice a lot for others.
There are many ways to show someone you love them.
Sometimes you have to do difficult things all by yourself.
You have to take risks in order
to accomplish goals.
A good song can move people.
When you write truisms,
ask yourself these three questions:
Does it fit the picture?
Is it a life lesson/can we learn from it?
Is it true for almost everyone?
other important questions:
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?
IF I AM, IT'S NOT A TRUISM!
People are swimming.
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Don't swim with sharks.
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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...
How Can I Write Excellent Truisms?
Finding the big ideas first
Word Choice
Precision
Personality/Not Clichéd
Focus on:
Make a list of at least 10 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
These go against our rules for truisms (describe or command)
and are non-truisms.
Level two
These truisms are cliché,
expected, and not surprising to us as readers. Everyone knows it and agrees with it. There's no proprioceptive response.
Level three
These truisms 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. Sometimes the person that's not there is the most important.
YOU TRY!
Write "clickbait" truisms
for three concepts.
OK...but how?
Topic/
Concept
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 concept
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.
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