Think! Play! Write!

Differentiate writing & grammar instruction through games.

Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) can be fun and engaging for students. We will discuss differentiating writing and grammar instruction through games and engaging activities. The students will be writing away without even realizing it.

Poor grammar is everywhere...

...while it is funny....

...it's no wonder our kids are confused!

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Choose groups of 4 (Table groups)

. Snowball sharing: • At the teacher’s signal, students toss their snowball across the room.

• Students pick up two additional random snowballs and toss them.

• After tossing three snowballs, students pick up a fourth snowball, read it, and share it with their group of four.

• Cooperative groups evaluate their four analogies and select the best to share with the class.

How can you use that snowball activity with your students?

You can get your own template here:

or...

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Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.

How can we make the learning stick? What does the research say? Grammar instruction is no longer defined by fill in the blank worksheets and simple identification. This session will introduce ideas to engage students to apply techniques of grammar in their own writing and practice skills through games.

Writer, Eric Jensen says that we discard 98% of everything that comes into our brains.

It's about the thinking!

Students must learn that writing is visible thinking!


Berryism:

If you can think it, you can say it.

If you can say it, you can write it.

Whose TEK is this anyway?

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Discuss at your table:

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What do you think?

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What if they are pre-writers?

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Drawing & speaking come before writing.

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Appreciate their Approximations!

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Ish by Peter H Reynolds

A learner must be able to connect to what is being taught!

Choice is important!

Finding Forrester (1/8) Movie CLIP - The Key to Writing (2000) HD

The first key to writing is to write!

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What was I supposed to remember again???

For students to remember and internalize information, they must move it from their short-term, or working, memory to their permanent memory.
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Bite-sized Writing Instruction is best!

*Brief non-threatening writing activities develop fluency and confidence in small doses while providing the practice students need.

* Every writing activity does NOT have to go through all stages of the writing process.


"We don't write in that class... we use index cards." 10th grade student


Chunk & Check!

Chunk the instruction and practice into small portions. Give the students immediate feedback while they practice.

Students need practice without penalty!

How important is practice? It takes 24 times to acquire a skill!

Mix it up & spiral the practice!

The research in the book, Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning, by Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III, and Mark A. McDaniel, tells us that repeating one skill to perfection is not the best path toward long-term learning. Our learning is actually more durable if we mix it up with other skills or information before we master it. That “mastery” feeling we get from massed practice is really just our short-term memory hanging on to stuff. Sometimes we think students have mastered a skill only to find that it was only short term. To entrench learning in long-term memory, we have to space out our practice and mix it up with other things. In the classroom, that means we’re better off giving students shorter, spaced out practice on a regular basis, rather than clumping it all together (so 5 math problems every day is better than 20 all at once).

It takes 20 hours of deliberate practice to show mastery!

Frequent retrieval is necessary!

Quizzing that requires recall should occur frequently. This should not be multiple choice type of quizzing since that type does not require retrieval of information.
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If it feels like play, it is!!

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How can this activity provide differentiation for your special needs students?

Info shots - Write Around

I created this game based on sample analogy patterns for Infoshots – Created by Gretchen Bernabei

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Musical Chairs - Write Around

Walk around and stop when the music stops and add your response to the poster nearest to you.


Let's try it with the info shots. Think about your subject area. If you teach social studies maybe you want the students to describe the Texas Revolution.


The music stops and the student is near poster #3.

The student could write: Sam Houston can be described as a leader.

The music plays again and the student is near poster #7.

The student could write: A group of volunteers transforms into an army.

.... and so on.



You could also use dice with the info shots.

Pharrell Williams - Happy (Official Music Video)

Gamify the Grammar!

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Turn & Talk - How could you use that activity to differentiate for your students?

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24 hour Google History

This activity can be quick and entertaining:

Let's say you are studying Betsy Ross. The students write the last three searches in her 24 hour Google history:


1. Thimbles

2. How to remove blood stains from fabric.

3. DIY sewing machines

The Proper Noun Taboo Game

No matter what question you are asked you may NOT answer with a proper noun.
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How could you use Taboo in the content areas?

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Discover Adjectives through mentor texts!

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Ask students what they notice.

Application!!

Because learning doesn’t usually stick the first time, students need multiple opportunities and a variety of experiences that provide both the time and the context for the ideas to be internalized. All the studies show that we remember very little of what we read and a whole lot of what we do. In light of this research, which is more effective? Reading and lecturing or creating a real-world simulation?

USE THE STUDENTS' OWN WRITING TO TEACH & REINFORCE THE SKILLS!

Students need to do, to participate, and to create!

Engagement means being involved or engaged in the process, and students need to be allowed to participate in and not be passive recipients of their education.

Grammar Proofs & Star Points

Grammar Keepers lesson examples: http://trailofbreadcrumbs.net/

Give them an audience and you give them reason to produce quality work!

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Allow them to contribute and/or manage the class blog.

Seesaw is ideal for this purpose!
Seesaw

Check out this student friendly blogging site!

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The Grammar Olympics

Creator and college English professor, Amy Baskin, says, "... I am a learning environment designer."
Amy Baskin - Grammar Olympics: Low-Tech Engagement Secrets (GSummit SF 2013)

Have the students create the games!

It's not about what we are putting down, but about what they're picking up! (Berryism)

When students learn the material for themselves, it becomes their learning, not our teaching, and because it is their learning, they own it. They will remember it, they will be able to apply it, and they will be able to use it as the foundation for new learning and creating.

Muscle Memory!

Get the students moving and engage the body and brain connection. Check out this article that shares some current research.
Parts of Speech Song

Have the students track their own progress!

Data notebooks can be an effective way for students to reflect on their own mastery of skills.
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