September 20, 2016

Negotiating Meaning as a Class in L2!

We have arrived!  In fourth period today, I realized just how far the kids’ comprehension has come in a short time.  Three weeks into school, and we are able to get some quite-detailed class negotiation of meaning going.  In this video, we are creating a One Word Image (OWI) of a tiny brain with a long, white beard.  We are discussing if the long, white beard is “a beard LIKE Gandalf’s beard” or “the beard OF Gandalf”.

In seventh period, we did a OWI yesterday and created a piece of sushi named Juanita who has one red eye, a long grey beard, a short blue moustache.  Today, we reviewed the artists’ work from yesterday and then worked together to Write and Discuss, creating a class text of the character’s story.  The little side comments en español made my day when reviewing this video.

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About Lanny Ball

For more than 23 years, Lanny has taught, coached, presented, staff developed, and consulted within the exciting and enigmatic world of literacy. With unyielding passion and belief in the possibility of workshop teaching, Lanny has worked to support students, teachers, and school administrators around the country in outgrowing themselves as both writers and readers. Working first as a classroom teacher, then as a coach and TCRWP Staff Developer, Lanny is now a literacy and reading consultant in Northwestern Connecticut. Outside of literacy, he enjoys raising his three ambitious young daughters with his wife, and playing the piano. Find him on this blog, as well as on Twitter @LannyBall. Lanny is also a co-author of a blog dedicated to supporting teachers and coaches that maintain classroom writing workshops,

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