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Write Like This
Transcript of Write Like This
What does it say?
how is it said?
What did this writer do that I can do?
I Do, You Do Write Like This Kelly Gallagher Conference
September 18, 2012
by: Kim Hodsdon The Six-Word Memoir:
*All things considered, I'm doing well.
*You're never the same person again.
*So the water's deep. Man up. Twitter:
A memoir in 140 characters or less. Student example:
When I grow up I want to be a lawmaker. Maybe a senator. Certainly not the president, but there are no walls in the sky. (Jacob) Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life:
Amy Rosenthal After reading entries from Rosenthal's alphabetized existence, students can create entries for their own life encyclopedia. Student example:
Taking turns with my brother, Anthony. He takes a punch, I take a punch. Having a chance to back out after his punch, I refuse. We are equal in strength and size. My arm will be sore in the morning. (Stephanie) Favorite Mistakes:
A connection to guided highlighted reading.
An exercise in learning the difference between expression and reflection. This writing prompt uses Sheryl Crow's song "My favorite Mistake" and an essay by Jessanne Collin's "A Mistake That Should Last a Lifetime. (p.29 in "Write Like This." Gallagher has students use "yellow highlighting to indicate where the author recalls the incident, and pink highlighting to show where the author reflects on what the incident means to her today." Sentence Starters:
Generating student reflection Students complete several sentence starters and then pick their favorite to expand.
I appreciate _____ because ______.
I really wish I hadn't _____.
I remember trying to learn _____.
Once, I almost _____.
The best thing I ever did was ____.
One lesson I learned the hard way was ____. Confusion is where learning happens! Don't "write behind the curtain!" Students need to see us write and go through the process. Model, model, model! Getting voice into writing:
Well Spoken by Eric Palmer Three ways to say:
I don't think you're wrong.
You know you shouldn't do that. Pass the Portrait: Use a picture to start a story. Have students write for 5 minutes, then pass what they wrote to another student so they can continue the story. Repeat several times.
* Provides the opportunity to discuss first and third person point-of-view. Revising:
p.206 R - Replace
A - Add
Dand - Delete
R - Reorder SOW
Sentence of the week
Put three sentences on the board that contain a common editing feature.
Have students respond to the question: "What do I notice?
Students generate the grammar rule and then imitate by creating their own sentence.
Use a "Table Check" to assess. SOW example:
John, 14, is too young to drive.
My girlfriend, who is afraid of snakes, refuses to go.
The player, exhausted from the long game, collapsed. Table Checks:
Pick one student from each small group & grade only their paper. Use their grade for the whole group. Promotes collaboration between group members. Favorite Prompts:
TED Talks - TED.com (Sara Kay piece)
Looping - pick a hot spot from your sneeze/quick write and write about that for 4 minutes. Repeat. Repeat....
Find the Fib - 4 truths and a lie. Pick 1 truth to expand on.
One thing about me that would surprise you is...
Things that really bug me are... Reading Minute Books:
Letters from a Nut
Ever Wonder Why? Grading Tips:
*Stamps for credit/no credit work.
*For every 4 pieces they write you grade 1.
1st qtr- they pick their best one for you to grade.
2nd qtr - You pick one of the four they submit.
3rd & 4th qtrs - Out of 10 pieces, You grade 2 to grade at random. Table Checks:
For small group work assessment, choose one group member's paper to grade and make that the grade for the whole group. This will ensure collaboration between all group members and provide motivation for everyone to have the right answer!