I love fall -- apples, pumpkin pie, colorful leaves, apple cider, hayrides & football. Bring it on!!
I'm starting my Peek at My Week a little early this weekend. I noticed that Erin at I'm Lovin Lit already had her post up and running so I figured I get this party started so she can link up! :)
So here is how it works....Share with us a few of the bigger things you have going on at home or at school this week. No need to share your entire lesson plans. (Let's keep this fun for you and your readers.) Then link your post below and don't forget to share some love with your neighbors!
So here's a peek at my upcoming week...
On Monday night, I will be driving down to Chicago with my mom to see my sister, Julie, who is in town for a business meeting. (She is a regional manager with Weight Watchers.) She and her family moved to Dallas in June and I miss her terribly.
In Writer's Workshop this week, we will begin working on revising one of our writing projects. Revising is always a difficult thing for students, and I think this is mostly because they haven't been given the strategies to know HOW to revise.
Most of the time students think revising their writing is copying it over neatly on new paper, maybe correcting a spelling error or capital letter or two. Uhhh.....no.
I have been talking up revising since the first day of writing class. Revising is where the MAGIC happens, and it should take up a majority of the writing process. (Many think "drafting" should take the longest, but it shouldn't...)
I have been reading a great book by Georgia Heard called "The Revision Toolbox: Teaching Techniques That Work."
Let me tell you...I have been kicking myself that I didn't find this book this past summer when I was doing my workshop on revising for the UWM-Writing Project. There are sooooo many cool ideas here!
This week as we revise, we will be doing the Cracking Open Words activity where we take a boring sentence from our writing and try to stretch it into several sentences by taking out the boring words and replacing them with sensory details that help us "Show, Don't Tell."
Here's an example...
Instead of saying "It was a cold autumn day," we could say:
The wind howled through the trees, shaking the last of the crisp, dry leaves and forcing them to flutter to the hard ground. The tips of my ears stung from the chill, and I pulled my jacket tighter around me. Even the pumpkins looked frosty on a day like today.
I plan to do this activity with the students where they take a boring line out of my writing and help me crack it open. They love to play with my writing and are really excited when they can make a suggestion or point a mistake out.
I'll let you know how it goes!