BubbleUp Classroom: Read, Write, Create
ASCD Empower17 | Anaheim, CA | Sunday, March 26, 2017
Using an emoji key, students note important ideas and take-aways on sticky notes from a reading, video, podcast or really any "text."
A form of visual notetaking, or "purposeful doodles." Students synthesize learning using text, images, shapes, colors, and connectors.
What's the Scoop?
A strategy for making the OPVL method of document analysis more approachable for our middle school students in order to set the stage for their success in high school.
If This Artifact Could Talk...
A series of questions designed to get students thinking critically about objects and artifacts.
Thesis Statement Graphic Organizer
A simple organizer used to help students write strong, clearly-written thesis statements, preparing them to tackle Document-Based Question essays.
Thesis Statement Writing Workshop
50-minute workshop that gets students thinking, creating and collaborating. Kids travel from station to station to learn about thesis statements and they have fun while they're at it. At the conclusion of the workshop, students know how to write a thesis statement using evidence.
Fairy Tale Grab Bags
Using bags of materials related to familiar stories, students write evidence-based thesis statements based on the contents.
Essay Outline Generator
Using an online outline generator tool, students complete a graphic organizer which then puts their thesis statements into an essay format, offering guided comments to take students through their writing. The generator also includes an editing checklist for students.
Book Spine Poetry
Challenged to collect a selection of books with titles that reflect a unit of study, students then stack the books into a readable poem on that unit.
Think, Build, Tweet
Students work in groups to imagine a topic or concept relevant to a particular unit of study and then represent their idea physically using given materials (LEGOs, play dough, pipe cleaners, etc.) Upon completion, they write a tweet as a caption for their sculpture.
Think Outside the Box
In this activity, students are given a problem in a box (along with materials) and a guide that walks them through steps aimed at finding the best solution to the problem. For teachers who want to keep things simple, the graphic organizer can be substituted for the box.