Reflection: Discourse and Questioning So, This Is Middle School - Section 3: Students Generate Their Own Ideas


Give kids time to come up with an idea. At the beginning of the year, especially, I get lots of questions like, "Is this right?" I almost always answer, "What could be wrong about it?" Especially with creative writing, I want my students to gain confidence in their words and ideas.

If I circulate and I don't notice kids beginning after about five minutes, I sit with them for a mini-conference. Usually if they have no ideas, I'll let them go off in a different direction. At the beginning of the year, my first goal is to simply get them writing.

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So, This Is Middle School

Unit 1: Reader's & Writer's Workshop: The Launch
Lesson 1 of 13

Objective: SWBAT start the year off by setting up the writer's notebook, listening to their first read aloud, and thinking about how they received their name.

Big Idea: How did you receive your name? Do you have a prized nickname? Students think about how names play into their own identity.

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English / Language Arts, reading , writing, workshop
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