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Anchor Day 5 Summer 18

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?

Session Objectives:

  • Writing is the highest form of cognitive expression 

  • Teaching writing is about teaching the relationship between thinking and language

  • You need to play with words to know that you have choices

  • Authentic writing opportunities give students purpose in their writing

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 web-site.

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Participants paired up with elbow partners and shared what they liked or disliked about writing.

Kurt Wootton discusses

the importance of

writing as genuine 

communication and to

build students'



We write to Communicate,

We write to create ourselves,

We write to learn.

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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.


Using the Keyword Outline  and Barebones strategies, participants reconstructed the Malala text in table groups.

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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 

Rip, Slap, Pass


Participants brainstorm ideas using a fun, interactive protocol called Rip, Slap, Pass.

Ode to Malala

Participants were asked to write a song about Malala. This exercise was scaffolded by giving them ideas of familiar melodies they can use to put their lyrics to. They can use text from the stories they reconstructed in the Text Reconstruction exercise. 

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Post Lunch Dancing


Each day, we would move and dance just after lunch to energize our bodies and minds for the second half of the day. 


Final Showcase of Understanding

At the end of the week, like at the end of a unit, participants showcased their learning in a variety of ways, including performing their Story Nuggets from Malala's Magic Pencil, their original songs about Malala, and sharing their Headlines, highlighting their responses to the question: What makes Malala amazing?

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"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
"My professional goal was to walk out feeling confident in my ability to bring these practices back to my classroom. Through learning and experiencing, I feel comfortable and confident bringing these techniques back to my co-workers and my class." - Participant Feedback

Photos from Day 5

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