November 30, 2016

Art, Writing, and Reading

I love the students’ art!  We can use it to review the story so that the kids get to hear the story from start to finish with no interruptions (though I do find that stories with the Invisibles contain much less interruption than my previous stories did, since they are based on the kids’ creations and thus the foundation of them is the kids’ suggestions).  We can use it to do a retell.  We can use it as a writing tool – using it like a rough draft to remember the story as we write.  It decorates the room, puts student ideas and creativity front and center, and is just loads of fun.

In this Spanish class, we review the story of the cookie who fears spoiled milk then move into a writing exercise together as a class.

In this Spanish class, we review the story of Sophia Dos y Medio, a fox.

In this Spanish class, we review the story of Bill el Contable
Part One
Part Two
Part Three

In this French class, we create a story using three characters, a rock, a piece of paper, and some scissors.
Part One
Part Two
Part Three

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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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