Our school is working on improving writing scores on standardized tests. I’ll be meeting with my Administrator to come up with a goal for my professional growth and student writing this week. I did not get to purchase the writing program that I wanted to use with my students, but that is ok. I did buy myself a book by Kelly Gallagher called Write Like This: Teaching Real-World Writing Through Modeling and Mentor Texts. I stayed up way too late Saturday night reading it! Yes, it was that good.
I’m only about 50 pages in, but I have decided that I am going to use the information from the book and work on teaching my students REAL-WORLD writing. Basically, there are six purposes for writing: express and reflect, inform and explain, evaluate and judge, inquire and explore, analyze and interpret and take a stand/propose a solution. With these purposes in mind, you can write for a variety of audiences and to reach a number of outcomes. Duh. So, I begin.
I wrote out lesson plans using following the structure from the book – one of the first activities I will be doing with my students is working on writing 6 Word Memoirs. I wrote a couple, the boys each wrote one and Chris “wrote” one with David’s editing. They were fun to do and they didn’t take very long. There is even a website devoted to 6 Word Memoirs.
Here is what we came up with -
David’s – I am really awesome every day.
Chris’ – My life is far too complicated. (for six words)
Michael’s – Why can’t this just be simple?
Teaching high school challenges, pushes, sucks.
Wake up. Work. Really love teaching.
Beautiful mountains in the morning, inspire.
Writing own blog ever so slowly.
I won’t be getting to this assignment with my students until later this week. I do hope they have fun with it. I know that I did! See if you can write your own 6 Word Memoir and share it in the comment section. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.