So I headed off to a 5th grade classroom to borrow some students because I was thinking of the “strong verbs” and “present tense” for a writing mini-lesson.
I began with a copy of my version of “Currently” as I read it and then just highlighted the first word of every line. Students then worked on their own thinking / interpretation of those first words to answer “What is the pattern? What drives each line? Why do you think it was written this way?”
Students then tested their thinking / hypothesis against a part of Bev’s “Currently” to see if it was true in a second situation.
So then based on a model, a bit of inductive work by the students, a second check against a model, here’s what the students were asked to do.
“Your task: Write your own version of “Currently”
Write 10 statements
Begin each statement with a verb
Read it to a partner
Revise with option to change one verb to a really “strong verb”
Gallery walk to view “Currently” from everyone
Collect 16 verbs from your peers (no more than 2 from any one person – be selective)
Remember that you will always have your 10!”
Here were a few words that I collected from the gallery walk.
All students completed “Currently” writing
Many students want to consider “revising their own ‘Currently’” (How often do multiple students ask for time to revise?)
All students have a list of 16 verbs they chose – to pull out and use in other work
(No student copied all my verbs – original ones were used on every page)
Have you used “Currently” with students?
What’s your plan?
What words are you expecting?
Check out the writers, readers and teachers here. Thanks to Stacey, Anna, Beth, Tara, Dana and Betsy at “Two Writing Teachers” for creating a place for us to share our work