Recently, the students have been focusing on being clear in their writing with appropriate grammar and spelling. To help students improve their writing, they need practice. And why not practice with something that is interesting? With it being the New Year, I had them all complete a writing assignment about what they wanted to accomplish in 2013. To facilitate this assignment, I passed out two different prompts.
For the first assignment, I handed them all a blank star. On the star they wrote down the answer to four unique prompts that followed the theme of 2013. The students wrote:
2 Goals that they have for the year
0 Something that they would like to change this year
1 New place they would like to visit this year
3 New things that they would like to learn this year
The students jumped at the chance to share their goals with their peers and to be creative about what they want to do in the coming year.
The second assignment was a sentence that the students wrote the ending for. It
said, “In 2013, I will knock your socks off by…” The clever thing about this sentence is that
I printed them on socks.
|Max points out his star on the bulletin board|
|All student projects on display on the school bulletin board|