"Whether they’re just starting to write or are already accomplished writers, the motivation to write better and write more grows exponentially with the promise of a published product." --Linda Oaks, Tarbut V'Torah School, Irvine, California
I came across the idea of a bloginar this week and thought I should try it out. A bloginar is essential an short version of a webinar. Choose a specific idea, share examples, strategies, and resources that make it easy for someone to digest and implement. So what topic to choose? Lots of things made me want to focus on encouraging literacy.
My son started Kindergarten this week and of course a big focus of their classroom is fostering a lifelong love of reading. I love the projects they have already done which focus not on letter sound correspondence or memorization, but on encouraging them in their journey toward literacy.
One project he recently took home was a book he created of things he can already read. Again not just sight words, but his names, signs he knows the meaning of (like stop), and other SUCCESSES. So often in class, we focus on things students don't know (if we assess prior knowledge and they know it, we move on!) and forget to celebrate what they do know.
This combined with recent conversations with Linda Oaks and Bernajean Porter led me back to the idea of Connecting to Literature through making or creating or authoring or own works. So, in other words, this blog post boils down to: "If you want to connect to what students are reading, have them start writing!"
If you are looking to get started with ways that students can write, create, retell, plicate, and extend what they are learning, follow these steps!
Step 1: Watch - Making Literature Connections with Pixie
Step 2: Read Linda Oaks article that inspired the video!
Don't miss her suggestions for children's books that are easy for students to create on their own.
Step 3: Explore examples of student work like Things That are Most in the World by Judi Barrett.
In this project, Miss Alia's 2nd grade class at Woodward Academy wanted to create their own book. As a class they brainstormed all of the superlatives they could think of. Then, each student chose their favorite one, wrote a sentence that provided a clue to the meaning of the superlative, and illustrated their page in Pixie. All of the student pages were then combined into their class's unique story.
Having each student recreate one page in the repetive style of many children's books makes it easy to accomplish a creative technology project because individual student work is combined to create a class project.
Step 4: Come up with your own connections!
Perhaps to much of a blog and not a succinct webinar type idea, but as I work on that, please share your successes! I look forward to learning how you connect to literature.