Today was my class's first day of Writing Bingo - and boy was I nervous! The students were given a Bingo board of 25 fun writing prompts (download a copy here). They needed to choose 5 activities in a row to form Bingo. They would have 1.5 hours per week over 4 weeks to complete all 5 tasks.
So I wondered - is this too complicated? Will the students be overwhelmed? Confused? Overworked?
they spread out around the room and started to work.
|"Talent Show Winners" - A fictional news article created during today's writing time|
I had created a Writing Resource File with examples of various types of text - comic strips, scripts, newspaper articles, etc... And GUESS WHAT - the students were actually using them to inform their work!
At the end of our writing period we held Writing Groups. Groups of 3 sat together and shared one piece of work. Group members gave feedback. This sharing time is essential because it allows students to "publish" their work, helps them stay accountable, builds/maintains excitement, and supports the growth of others through peer modeling.
|Letter to a friend - written during today's writing time|
But the best thing?
A slew of students came up to me after writing and begged to take their work home to finish it. I told them we would be using in-class time for these assignments, but that they could complete other projects at home on their own. I'm thinking, though, that if the students want to continue their work at home - they MUST be into it!
I can't wait to see how Writing Bingo evolves over the course of the year!