There’s been a lot of tinkering in Writers’ Workshop since Writing Clinic #2! Truthfully, I wasn’t sure what to expect. In fact, I worried. Would students “get” it? What if they were *still* stumped for writing ideas? What if it got out of control? But over the past week, I’ve seen or heard about tinkering in three classrooms, and students have blown me away! They’ve been so respectful and CREATIVE in their builds! Now, I’m so eager to use tinkering throughout the writing process.
My very first graphic one-pager.
The origin story of this volume of Literacy Links is a Facebook post. Last week, I posted “Why You Should Encourage Your Child’s Love of Graphic Novels” from Parents, and several of my parent and teacher friends commented. Since I’m submitting a conference proposal on “Fearless Reading Instruction with Graphic Novels”, I decided to deposit some of the graphic novel resources I’ve gathered over the years, lots coming from previous Literacy Links (LL), in one spot. Happy reading!
At last October’s Saturday Reunion at Teachers College, Janet Steinberg, TCRWP’s data queen, talked about embedding academic language in our everyday discussions, instructions, and conversations with students. Academic language is Tier 2 words that students often encounter in directions, lectures, and other places of sophisticated talk. Instead of saying, “What is the theme in our read aloud?” try “Determine the theme in this selection.” By lifting the level of discourse, students would already be familiar with these words before encountering high-stakes situations and, more significantly, be more likely to use these Tier 2 words in their own output. I changed the topic of my Alphaboxes outside the Reading Lounge to showcase some of these words; stop by to see them up close. What other academic language would you add?
Here is this week’s roundup of literacy links for some quick inspiration, tips, and refreshment: