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ERIC Number: ED479198
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-May-4
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
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Time Out for Reading: "A Potpourri of Creative Response Activities for Middle and Secondary Students".
Darwin, Marlene J.
Most of the activities presented in this packet are appropriate for students in grade 4 through high school. To make the activity more challenging and to meet the needs of older students, the teacher may wish to add detail and written work to complement the assignment's creative aspects. These activities are adapted easily to content areas, and in reluctant readers, these creative responses seem to spark an interest in books. The activities also provide opportunities for whole group, small group, paired, and individual work. It is suggested that either the teacher model the project for the class or the class collaboratively create a model--laying a firm foundation for the activity and providing sufficient background helps the students become interested in the assignment. A name is made up for each activity to create a point of reference for the students as the class revisits the activities throughout the school year. The rubrics for each activity are created collaboratively--each class may create a different rubric. The teacher provides the umbrella structure and the students submit their ideas for the details in the rubric. Activities such as these help students to work, to read, and to share books within a framework, but also allow students to have opportunities for choice, voice, control, and time to read and to enjoy books. The eight activities outlined here have the following names: Character Hand Prints, Vocabulary Squares, Positive/Negative Graphs, Book Talks, Jigsaw Conversations, Literary Letters, Book Advertisements, and Informal Table Talks. (NKA)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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