Reflection: Staircase of Complexity Searching for an Exploding Moment in Narrative Writing - Section 1: Let's Get Started: Brainstorming Topics for Narratives


The picture for this lesson is a screenshot of one of my student's vines. This quick shot shows that this student loves basketball and works hard to accomplish his goals. He really understood what I was looking for in this assignment.  

It is really difficult to get kids talking at the beginning of the year. Especially if the ask is personal. This simple brainstorming activity got them sharing a little bit about themselves.  We learned who played sports, there are two varsity basketball players, three varsity soccer players, one JV soccer player, many dancers--modern is popular with this class, and several gamers. We are taking steps toward building trust in our learning community so when we get to more complex tasks discussions, these students will be ready to support each other. 

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Searching for an Exploding Moment in Narrative Writing

Unit 1: Narratives: This is the Story of My Life
Lesson 6 of 8

Objective: SWBAT write a developed narrative of real events using well-structured event sequences by creating storyboards for their own videos and developing narrative about the video.

Big Idea: Students find the most fascinating part of themselves and blow it up!

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