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Muons

Peer Reviews

We continued peer revision, with everyone offering feedback to three more of our young authors. Six more muons need to share and gather feedback, maybe two more classes? Then we will spend some time writing new and improved 2nd drafts!

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Peers

We recorded our completed first drafts on the front page of our writing folder, choose one draft to continue working on, and filled out Peer Response forms to ask for feedback from our peers. Then we did a sample whole group peer revision, which turned into a super interesting discussion on point of view and […]

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Drafts

In addition to time for writing and time for sharing, we talked through the goal of completing 4-6 first drafts of various types of writing, and how, after the winter break, we will work on revising/editing/publishing, which includes some partner work. We also brainstormed some ideas for later in the co-op year…skit/play writing, parodies/poems/songs, trying […]

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Formatting

Today our mini-lesson was about writing dialogue. We talked about some formatting stuff, like quotation marks and indenting when a new person speaks. We experimented with using words besides “said” & shared examples. Everyone continued working on their plans in their folders, and some writing was shared.

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Sensory

Today our mini-lesson was on including sensory details in our writing. Since it was Halloween, we wrote and shared spooky haunted house descriptions. The examples were so good & almost everyone shared! It was fun.

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Action

Our mini-lesson of the day was about writing introductions that both capture reader attention and clearly state a thesis. We talked about “starting in the action,” and the use of questions and quotes. We also discussed making a thesis statement that is simple and clear. Students had writing time to make and work on their […]

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Persuasive Topic

Last time in writing workshop, we created an outline for a persuasive topic, working together as a group. We discussed reasons and details to support our position, and considered counter-arguements and how we might respond. Students had some writing time and sharing time. So far, I am quite impressed with the creativity in our group!

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Bills

It was another exciting day in “Life Happens” class! This week we were able to complete 2 “years” of experience. Some of this weeks highlights: someone committed identity theft and has taken over the identity of another player, the same person whose identity was stolen later lost their home and is now sharing an apartment […]

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Museum

Crayon class session 2. Students were asked to vote for which piece from the previous class they felt was most suitable to hang in a museum. Overwhelmingly they chose option 2, a drawing of a water tower. The main difference with this image was that the artist chose to fill in the entire sheet of […]

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Crayon

We started the crayon drawing class. Students were asked to draw something, anything, with crayons. All the students did what was asked. Magdelena introduced her idea also, and asked the students to start collecting things for a portrait project that she will teach in a few weeks (date still uncertain).

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