Monday, August 6, 2012

Slice of Life - Defining Greatness

 Slice of Life is sponsored every Tuesday by Stacey and Ruth from Two Writing Teachers.

Friends, it’s coming. The start of school. In fact I saw some pictures on Twitter today of friends’ kiddos heading back to school. And although I am overwhelmed, and still have fourteen days left, my brain has started churning out some lesson ideas. So, today, I thought I’d share one here because that’s a slice of my life right now, creating lessons. J

I’m constantly looking for ways to help my students set their priorities. To know what is important and that, while they are wonderful people, they aren’t the most important people in the universe. Don’t get me wrong; I’ve been blessed over and over with amazing students. But one thing I’ve noticed is that kids lately seem to be a bit egocentric. (Now I sound like I’m 80… Kids these days!)  And on that note I cam upon the following videos.
My plan is to watch these at the start of writing workshop. I want to begin with this one:

And then I’m going to ask them to write about what makes someone great.

Then I want to show them this video:

And I want to ask them to write a little more about what makes someone great.

And finally, I will show this video:

And, once again, ask then to define greatness.

Then I’m going to ask them to go find a spot in the room and write about their definition of greatness and how they plan to aspire to it. We’ll come back together at the end to share. This will be our first writing piece we’ll work on as we learn the ins and outs of the writing workshop. I cannot wait to see what they create.

Finally, at the end of our workshop and just for fun, I will show this video. It incorporates my love of inspiring quotes with a great message to live their life.

How will you be kicking off writing workshop this year?