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#SOL15: March Challenge 12 – “Currently” in the Classroom

The Beginning

Day 10 (or Tuesday’s) post was “Currently” based on Beverley Baird’s post here from Stacey’s call for slices. That conversation continued from my readers and these two pieces stuck with me.

currently convo

The Plan

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?”

my teaching currently

Students then tested their thinking / hypothesis against a part of Bev’s “Currently” to see if it was true in a second situation.

bev currently

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!”

The Results

Here were a few words that I collected from the gallery walk.

currently chart

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?

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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


#SOL15: March Challenge Day 10

Today’s writing is based on Bev Baird’s post here with the model of “Currently” as mentioned in Stacey’s Call for Slices.



Listening to the meteorologist predict 70 degrees for today – WOW!

Drinking my first cup of coffee and inhaling that fragrant brew.

Feeling excited for my trip to Kentucky to see the kids this weekend.

Clicking on slices to read this morning while pondering my words – 40 “slicers” have already posted today!

Chuckling to see that Tara has changed her blog’s snowy background and spring is around the corner.

Staring into the darkness due to the change in time.

Working on a new google site for a summer class with a bit of time to carefully create a “work space”.

Listing today’s “To Dos” to make sure I stay afloat.

Saving my drafts, ever conscious of my need to post my slice this morning.

Enjoying this month of daily writing because it is pushing me to consider different formats and different topics while continuing to reflect on my writing process!

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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.

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