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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Writing and Common Core

The level of rigor at which students are required to write is quickly changing. They have to be able to write for many audiences and purposes, as well as formats and styles. Many times teachers have little or no resources to teach writing. Here is an idea to provide hundreds of real, meaningful writing opportunities to last the entire year.
1. Give each student a disposable camera the first week of school.
2. Ask them to return it after taking pictures of their friends, family, neighborhood, grocery store, etc...anything (school appropriate)that is part of their everyday life. The point is for the pictures to be nothing extra special or extraordinary.
3. Develop the pictures and place them in sheet protectors in a binder!
4.  Since writing lessons are usually more fluid and may change on a daily basis, consider writing many of your strategy mini-lessons on sticky notes that can be easily manipulated.  If you use the template below you can add your own notes as well.  Some pics may lend themselves to a series of several mini-lessons.

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  1. What a great camera idea! I may just have to try that...the only thing is I am going to have about 28 Literacy students this year. That's a lot of cameras! lol
    I am a Newbie just like you. If you have a chance check my blog out...Teise's Tidbits. It is a work in progress.
    Thanks again for the tip.

  2. I love the camera idea! ... Too bad phone restrictions are so tight. The kids' cell phones would be a great free resource for this one.

  3. Just found your blog through the newbie hop and am your newest follower. I'd love it if you stopped by.:)
    iTeach 1:1

  4. Btw I have awarded you the Lovely Blog Award.....check it out at Teise's Tidbits. Congratulations!