"I told her I wanted her story to have more focus," writes Matsuoka.
"I could tell she was confused so I made rough sketches representing the events of her trip. "Revising Revision: How My Students Transformed Writers' Workshop." The Quarterly (20) 1.
Rather than typical teacher-led discussion, the project fostered independent conversation between students.
Formal classroom discussion of the play did not occur until students had completed all email correspondence. "Teacherless Talk: Impressions from Electronic Literacy Conversations." The Quarterly (20) 3.
She then introduced literature that considered relationships between the sexes, focusing on themes of romance, love, and marriage.
Students wrote in response to works as diverse as de Maupassant's "The Necklace" and Dean Myers's Motown and Di Di.
I worked in a place like that, although near the end, we were starting to get pressured to cut that out. What’s worse, “show a movie” in some classes actually means “Put a movie on, but let students do whatever they want while the movie provides background noise.” And when the movie is, say, , or some other classic I have waited years to experience with my kids, and then they tell me their music teacher puts it on all the time, I feel robbed as a parent.
And I understand why: As a parent, when ask my kids what they did in school on any given day, and I hear “watched a movie,” I’m annoyed. Okay, that’s my rant about showing movies in class.
We’ve gathered five fun creative writing activities you can assign to spark a love for writing.
Our hope is that these activities will create a workshop-like environment that fosters feedback and collaboration in your writing classroom.