My latest verb review activity, which I'll be using this spring as a new writer's notebook challenge: I just acquired If you Were a Verb this past summer, and it's awesome, so I'm still figuring out how to exactly incorporate it with my students. When I'm first trying out a book or an idea, I usually use it with all my grade levels, which is what I'm planning to do this spring. My kids all come to me knowing what an acrostic poem is, and they always ask me if they can write acrostic poems based on the weekly they collect for me, and I've always told them "no" because what they give me--more often than not--shows minimal thinking; they just throw the first word that comes to mind at me in their quickly-written poems, and I think a good acrostic poem is one where each word has been carefully thought about, not haphazardly splashed on the page.
Back the my seventh graders' review task, I make the next step harder by pointing out to them the formula that Cleary uses with his title: "to" and a one-syllable verb + "to" and a one-syllable verb + "to" and a three-syllable verb--and it makes for a nice rhythm when you read it aloud. I offer them a writer's notebook challenge, which I offer extra credit for every month to every student who accepts the challenge, that I want to see--at least--three "Tri-Verb Rhyming Comics." They follow the syllable pattern that Cleary used exactly, and they have to include a picture that helps me to visualize the narrative story they would tell based on their three verbs. For , which is now a cherished page in my fancy writer's notebook, I have five examples, and I still don't know which one I like the best; I think each of them could become charming stories in their own way. Remember, that's the purpose of a good writer's notebook: to house potential ideas (no matter how short) that can become fun pieces of more detailed writing later on.
We handle assignments in a multiplicity of subject areas including Admission Essays, General Essays, Case Studies, Coursework, Dissertations, Editing, Research Papers, and Research proposals
We handle papers in a multiplicity of subject areas including Admission Essays, General Essays, Case Studies, Coursework, Dissertations, Editing, Research Papers, and Research proposals
We ALWAYS invite you to adapt any of our ideas if your schedule is set up differently than ours, but we feel it important to share how often we require small pieces of writing from our students. Our way or routine is not necessarily the best option for all, but it's the routine that works best for our classroom contexts and schedules. We don't want teachers to copy our routines exactly; we want them to adapt our ideas like crazy because--and this has been our own experience after 45+ years of combined teaching experience--is that our best discoveries about what makes students become better writers is when we adapted others' ideas like crazy.