#DigiLitSunday: “Possible Sentences

Join Margaret Simon at “Reflections on the Teche” for additional #DigiLit Sunday reading here.

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Kylene Beers and Bob Probst are both speakers that I can listen to time and time again I’ve seen them at ILA, NCTE, and Kylene more than once at #TCRWP.  One strategy that I participated in that has stuck with me is “Possible Sentences”.  As a workshop participant, it went as Melanie Swider of “Two Reflective Teachers” described here although the session I attended was on a different date.

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How can students more “authentically” USE vocabulary words and do more of the vocabulary “heavy lifting” in understanding and owning the words?

Possible Sentence Basic Process:

The teacher chooses vocabulary words.

The students, doing the work, predict and use the words in sentences.

*Then as a class, all the sentences are compiled and then questions are generated for each sentence.

Students read.

Students return to their sentences and questions to revise them based on the understanding of the topic after reading.

How could we start using “Possible Sentences” in Book Clubs or in Content Area classes and add in some meaningful, very purposeful, use of technology?

Here’s what I proposed for our first learning practice:

You can go to the actual documents through the links below and save your eyesight:

Google Drawing Student Task Card link

Google Drawing Teacher Card linklink

Tools:  NewsELA article, Wordcounter.com, Google Drawings cards, Google Docs – Response

Are you using “Possible Sentences”?

Have you added a technology component to increase student collaboration?

What tools did / would you use?

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5 responses

  1. […] Join Margaret Simon at "Reflections on the Teche" for additional #DigiLit Sunday reading here. Kylene Beers and Bob Probst are both speakers that I can listen to time and time again I've seen them at ILA, NCTE, and Kylene more than once at #TCRWP. One strategy that I participated in that has stuck with me…  […]

  2. Fran, I love listening to Kylene and Bob present. I never tried this technique but I am all for helping students do the “heavy lifting” so that they can own their learning. If you are free, i hope you can join #NYEDChat on 2.20.17 when we celebrate digital learning. This technique may be one to share with others during the chat.

    1. Thanks, Carol. I put the 20th on my calendar. Monday nights are often tricky!

      1. If you have time, I would love to have you voice your thoughts.

  3. […] Join Margaret Simon at "Reflections on the Teche" for additional #DigiLit Sunday reading here. Kylene Beers and Bob Probst are both speakers that I can listen to time and time again I've seen them at ILA, NCTE, and Kylene more than once at #TCRWP. One strategy that I participated in that has stuck with me…  […]

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