Deconstructing Mentor Texts for Our Own Writing: Research-Based Informational Writing In the Wild

My seniors have completed their research on their self-selected topics related to the Future of Work (see blog for previous posts); we have gone deep with our inquiry work as we have worked on this for the most part of the first nine weeks of the semester while sprinkling in some other writing studies and … Continue reading Deconstructing Mentor Texts for Our Own Writing: Research-Based Informational Writing In the Wild

Visualizing Our Research with Sticky Notes

My seniors, who have been researching  their self-selected topics under the umbrella of "The Future of Work," have completed their first round of research.  We had roughly four days (we meet for 90 minute blocks) to delve into our research guide.   Students formed Birds of Feather groups by interest and designed their research questions … Continue reading Visualizing Our Research with Sticky Notes

Introducing Early American Literature Time Period Background Information with Writer’s Notebooks, Doors of Wonder, and Station Rotations

If you teach a high school course that has traditionally leaned toward a survey type course of a particular canon of literature, you know that getting students interested in the background information can sometimes be a challenge. After only a few days with my students, I knew that a traditional lecture or time period overview … Continue reading Introducing Early American Literature Time Period Background Information with Writer’s Notebooks, Doors of Wonder, and Station Rotations

Inquiring into the Future of Work with a Reading Frenzy and Speed Dating Share Time

Essential Questions: • What trends and technology are shaping the future of work? • How might the future of work impact the decisions we make today? Warm-Up: Writer’s Notebook #3   Standards for Learning/AKS: Reading Informational Text LA12.B.19: read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 11–CCR text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at … Continue reading Inquiring into the Future of Work with a Reading Frenzy and Speed Dating Share Time

Getting to Know You: Six Word Memoirs

This past spring, I was inspired by a post from the wonderful Moving Writers blog that gave me the idea to begin my school year with six word memoirs.  This past Wednesday, my 12th Honors ELA seniors were introduced to the writer’s notebook purpose and protocols.  Our first writer’s notebook invitation asked students to look … Continue reading Getting to Know You: Six Word Memoirs