After reading and discussing Write Beside Them by Penny Kittle this summer with a group of blogging friends, I vowed I would write more WITH my Creative Writing students. Today's prompt I really like ("stolen" Diana at One Literacy Coach)
Things I Didn't Do This Summer:
I didn't go to the hospital when I rolled my ankle (although I think I should have)
I didn't get to see Los Lonely Boys in concert in Arnold's Park (although we went to another concert and saw them.
I didn't enjoy the excessive heat we had for much of the last part of the summer (although I found ways to beat it)
I didn't miss my grandchildren ( I saw them a lot)
I didn't read near enough books
I didn't break any records in golf
I didn't write all I wanted
I didn't catch the bouquet at one of the weddings I attended this summer
I didn't cry when school started
Something Just for Fun
I found this video through Pinterest this morning and thought I would share. It just made me happy:
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Practicing What I Teach
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Your list speaks volumes of the summer you had. I'm sure you will learn so much about your students through this writing. Video is great. I love the joy the children showed. That should be the goal for all teachers to evoke that response. Thanks for sharing it Deb.ReplyDelete
"I didn't miss my grandchildren" - this one is the best. Lucky you. Lucky them. Thank you for the little gift in the end of your slice.ReplyDelete
Sounds like you had an enjoyable summer, but I got worried about "I didn't miss my grandchildren" until read the rest of the line. The video was so cute - the expressions on their faces was adorable. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
Yet you did a lot - I am sure! The idea of list poems to describe what we did and didn't do this summer is a good one for kids too as it allows them to think of the little things we do and make them significant. I didn't clean all my closets and most likely never will! I did, however, pay the bills, on the night before school!ReplyDelete
Ah, you had a great summer! And not even having to miss the grand kids because you saw them so much over the us more...that's just, the best!ReplyDelete
Love your list! I think this is a perfect writing prompt for kids because when I asked my kiddos what they did over the summer they say, "Nothing." So, now I can say what didn't you do? Oh, the looks of confusion and let the creativity begin! Hope you share some of your students' writing!ReplyDelete
Good idea, Michelle. When I gather their notebooks on Friday, I'll have to share a few !Delete
"I didn't write all I wanted" I wonder if any of us could ever say "I wrote as much as I wanted??" Still, it sure sounds like your summer had many fun moments and good times.ReplyDelete
You'll see a deleted comment from me on the previous post because I commented on itReplyDelete
instead of this one. I love Diana's, & yours too Deb. I'm going to have to share this with the others. Too fun! Glad you're starting with Kittle's ideas.
Love your share of what you didnt do-I also love the poem video you shared your something just for fun was fun!
What a fun prompt! I can't wait to share it with my students.ReplyDelete
I can't wait to pair the video with the one I already use with this poem. It will be fun to show both videos to my sixth graders, let them choose their favorite and explain why.
Here's the link:
Sorry, but I haven't figured out how to embed a video yet. But the link works if you copy and paste it.