As is often the case, the curriculum instructs me to teach abstract ideas to concrete thinkers. My fifth graders should be able to use nonfiction text to grow an idea. Then, students mold the idea into a thesis statement and craft an essay so that each part anchors back to the thesis.
Huh? was my first reaction, followed by a frantic search of YouTube videos that I hoped would explain the concepts in cartoon form so that
my students I could understand.
For writing: If these writers got together to craft a thesis statement, what do you think they would write? How might they craft an essay?
I’m interested to see whether students write about pencils or computers. Then, students can read an example of an article written about the same subject (this article may have inspired the Twitter conversation). Optional extension: Write an article on the same topic from a kid perspective.
For those of you who don’t normally access twitter conversations, you can find the full string by doing the following:
- Login to Twitter
- Look for the gray search bar at the top.
- Type #pencilchat into the search bar.
Do you think this plan will work to target the ambitious nonfiction reading and writing objectives? How might you use a string of tweets like this?