I was at an amazing IB Workshop this past weekend called “Reading and Writing Through Inquiry” and I have many, many things to share. My workshop leader, Rachel, was fantastic and all of the workshop participants (myself included!) were excited to collaborate and really wanted to be there. Which makes a difference with professional development, you know?
One of the learning engagements Rachel led us through was a way add more language to your read alouds, or writing and reading workshop time, or ELA lessons, you get the picture.
She read the book “The Island” by Armin Greder, an incredible though slightly controversial picture book. I had never heard of this book before. After Rachel read the book she had eleven different writing prompts, differentiated for upper and lower level grades, as well as English Language Learners. She read the choices and let us choose which one we wanted to do.
Here were our options:
Theme- What is the theme of the book? Write about it!
Write a review of book
Supporting character- choose a character you liked or didn’t like and write about why
Perspective- pretend you are a character from your book “the best life for me would be” from the viewpoint of character
Resolution- rewrite the ending of the story
Poem- compose poem
Plotline- draw plot line
Setting- draw a picture or map of the setting and describe it
Emotional response- draw a picture of the funniest, most exciting or saddest part of the story write paragraph describing scene
Make a T-Chart- comparing physical and character traits through main characters eyes and in the eyes of others
Climax- write the climax of the story
Author- find four facts about the author and find titles of other books written by the author
I created a simple google doc with the prompts. The more language friendly ones are translated into Korean, Chinese, and Japanese for the ELL students in my class.
What are ways that you extend your read alouds in class?