Two Writing Teachers: Writing About Reading Blog Series
Our Instructional Coach just sent me this link this morning, and I liked it so much I wanted to share it immediately! Although today is just the first day in the series, I plan to follow this blog throughout the week to glean as many great ideas as possible.
I have never used the "Lifting a Line" strategy, but I love it! I see huge potential for using that with my students during their current Sci Fi / Fantasy unit. My kids are reading five different books right now: Savvy, Among the Hidden, Uglies, Fablehaven, and The Maze Runner. Prior to using these books, I have reread and annotated my own copies, marking vocabulary words and signposts, and underlining key points in the story. I have also written my own thoughts in the margins of the novels, which would make it very easy for me to pick out a key sentence or two for this strategy. It would be a great prelude to their Lit Circle discussions or Blogs as well.
The Character Webs made me a little bit dizzy. (That must be my left-brained, concrete-sequential side objecting to that!) However, I do want to try the Visual Note-taking strategy. My friend Judi (whose blog I wrote about in my previous post), has also blogged about that strategy, and it seems to be highly effective with students of all abilities and learning styles.
I look forward to seeing what else these Two Writing Teachers have to share later this week!