So - I have to make my final weeks at school count - memorable - or whatever. I'm not going to coast. Ya hear me?
WE will learn a thing or two.
I regret never being able to go to the Six Traits of Writing workshop - sigh... But this is how we write - or are supposed to write. So - I've done some digging on the internet and thinking. I did find something I liked.... A lesson plan called an "Autobiographical Soundtrack." I think this will be a great way to have kids write - ok ok I'm sure you've heard about this before... yeah I know - but.... What a great way to get them to write a simple essay!!!
First trait - "The Idea" The kids actually get to think about thinks they care about!!
Second Trait - "Organization" I think it's pretty easy to think of three to five songs and write a paragraph about how each song represents their life.
Third Trait - "Word Choice" I can't wait for the kids to take their journals and find ways to perfect their writing to make it more understandable and interesting to their readers.
Fourth Trait - "Sentence Fluency" Woo hoo for fluency - let's write some beautiful sentences for some beautiful music.
Fifth Trait - "Voice" - As "Voice" is really hard to explain - the only way I can explain it is in music - it's like personality! You know? What puts the zip and the Zap.
Sixth Trait - "Conventions" I love that this trait is presented last - because I think students worry about their grammar quite a bit - and yes - it's important - but - that's what editing is for - to go back after all these things and perfect it a little bit more - and maybe with the help of a friend.
Now for ideas - I've been thinking about "Wild World" by Cat Stevens -
I've posted this video before - and I love the song because gowrsh darn it - life is crazy and wild - and especially being young.
I've also been thinking about "Dear Bobbie" by Yellowcard -
For obvious reasons - for one I like that my name is in the title. For two, I love the old man - he sounds so cute. Doesn't he?
J. would play this song in his band - so fun to dance to!
I think I like this version better though....
Can you just imagine me dancing? There's more songs too of course.... It's fun to think about. I figure that if I'd like to write the essay - maybe they would too?