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One genre example that has been well liked by the boys is comic writing.  I use Toondoo (www.toondoo.com) in my multi-genre project. Toondoo is a free digital tool where students can create cartoons or comic strips as one other possible genre to use when expressing what they have learned about their topic.  Boys particularly like the creativity involved behind using this resource.  The website...
Turned off, checked out, and disengaged are ways Ralph Fletcher has described Boy Writers in his book Boy Writers: Reclaiming Their Voices.  Teachers are more than likely shaking their heads in agreement. Being a 7th/8th grade Language Arts Teacher, I have struggled with motivating boys who have the capacity to be brilliant writers. Three years ago I infused a multi-genre project into my...
Our school recently held its second annual Expo Night, and Brendan came through with a finished Parthenon model, Expo Board, and essay reflecting on the work. I wanted to share some of his work with you here as a follow up to "A student voice in games-based learning." Here is Brendan's display - we can use it as a kind of map of his learning. Brendan presented his Pathenon model on the laptop in...
In late May, we had our second annual Expo Night, an academic fair that showcased students' favorite projects from the year. Last year, we held our inaugural Expo Night, and nearly all of the work shared by students came from art class. This year a number of mosaic and sculptural projects came from art class, but the majority of students chose to share technology-infused projects from humanities...
"Raised By Samoan Women" by Christiana, based on "Raised by Women" by Kelly Norman Ellis Based on a poem called "Raised by Women," in Teaching for Joy and Justice by Linda Christensen (p. 17), students were given the opportunity to write about the influences on their lives. Some students wrote about a particular role model or family member. Some students wrote about being raised by social trends...
Students at Arapahoe High School in Colorado made Daniel Pink's book the center of their curriculum, blogged about it and even met with the author himself.  Watch this documentary the students made about it called A Whole New Learning Experience. In addition, Karl Fisch, an Instructional Technologist at Arapahoe High School shared more details from his experience on his blog, The Fisch Bowl.  ...
Video production is an exciting writing genre that offers students new opportunities to express themselves in different modes. Even through the video production environment is technologically orientated, it is important to understand and appreciate the literacy involved when young children seamlessly work with multiple modes including traditional print, photography and cinematography, video,...
A few weeks ago, I had a brief Twitter conversation with Paul Oh and Ira Socol about how little we re-read and re-write in schools. One of Paul's tweets about design-thinking sparked my part of the conversation. I see writing as a design process - we craft it. We plan, draft, revise, publish, and evaluate the effectiveness of our writing in a variety of ways as adults and educators. It's an...
Watch it 'full screen'.   It's a story.  It's a movie.  It's a revery. Inspired by Jenny Lee's rendering of the Hemingway story Cat in the Rain, Nicole Scott, a participant in the Three Rivers Writing Project Writers Camp, created this wonderful animated text called Toothpick Ocean, based on a story she composed.  The approach of having type move and animate is sometimes called kinetic type and...
Students are eager to begin working on Powerpoints and they love to give their presentations. They need clearly defined expectations, a tangible list of expectations with minimum guidelines, to view before they get started, and to review as they continue working. We use the Direct Explicit Instruction model to convey objectives and requirements for every Powerpoint. Here they are: Eight slides,...

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