I’m joining up with Ruth Ayres for her weekly link-up, Celebrate This Week. Check out all of the posts linked up at her blog HERE.
I remember when listening last summer to Jeff Anderson #Allwrite 2013 as he put an excerpt on the overhead of Three Times Lucky. He modeled for us how to lift a strong piece of writing and teach around it. I remember saying to Mary Lee I want to do this….fast forward to Wednesday's workshop. Why did I wait so long? Lifting text from our read aloud is extremely powerful, and I wish I would have tried it earlier in the year. But I celebrate that I finally did.
I created a poster from our read aloud: Snicker of Magic for our word study mini lesson. I placed it on the board and remained quiet allowing students to buzz around the room. I passed out the corresponding text and asked them to write around it. I have recently using a new strategy during workshop which has helped students focus on choosing only one aspect to share. I ask students to circle what they want to share, and I begin to record their thinking on the chart. At this point in the year, I was excited to see students pushing their thinking to a higher level. Several students were asking questions, collecting strong vocabulary especially verbs, and choosing juicy similes. The conversation was rich because several students had circled the same ideas and as they shared I heard, "I agree." "Did you notice?" But the best part of the lesson came when R. asked why did we do this in our word study spiral? I paused and asked her to "phone a friend" several hands popped up. R. called on a friend who replied because all thinking starts with strong word choice and Mrs. Caplin wants us to think always as a reader and writer. Celebrating still on Saturday.
|I asked students to reflect on the mini lesson.|