Day 5: Applied Literacy
With Our Words We Create
Applied Literacy: To show authentic and meaningful application of learning.
Session Focus Question: How can we communicate and create meaning through the written word?
Learn dynamic, multisensory, and engaging strategies to develop writing skills
Understand that writing is the the highest form of cognitive expression
Be able to provide authentic opportunities for students to write with a purpose
Mindful Moonshot Morning Routine
Activity to Unite: This is not a Pencil. This activity was adapted from "This is not a Stick" which can be found on the ArtsLit.org web-site.
Participants paired up for Micro-storytelling in their Activity to Connect. "If I had a Magic Pencil I would . . ."
Kurt Wootton discusses
the importance of
writing as genuine
communication and to
We write to Communicate,
We write to create ourselves,
We write to learn.
Bare Bones Sentences
Liz Remington breaks writing down to the "bare bones." She demonstrates how to help students construct sentences by starting with the basics structure and elaborating.
Letter Writing 101: What's the Point?
Fran and Leslie presented an easy way to teach students how to write a letter and brainstorm ideas. Students are given an authentic reason to write and are applying their knowledge, in this case, by writing a letter to Malala.
Participants were given several strategies to scaffold students for writing: Letter Chant; Rip, Slap, Pass Brainstorming, Line Dance Sharing Protocol, and a graphic organizer. Their ultimate goal? To write a letter to Malala.
The Punctuation Game
Participants created physical gestures for each type of punctuation to reinforce their learning in a multi-sensory way.
"I learned how to scaffold writing in a way that doesn't create cookie cutter sentences."
- Participant Feedback
Post Lunch Dancing
Each day, we would move and dance just after lunch to energy our bodies and minds for the second half of the day.
Using text, both original and from the book, participants developed a culminating performance of understanding. Accompanied with live music played by fellow educators, all attendees participated in a beautiful performance based on the text Malala's Magic Pencil.
"All of the modules fell into place and the end of the week performance was a great simple example of what you can do in the classroom". - Participant Feedback
Raining Ideas Protocol
Throughout the week, participants were given a chance to brainstorm how they might transfer what they were learning to their own context. At the end of the week, they shared their ideas with each other.