Monthly Archives: August 2014

Rock Star Battles

Rock Star Battles

Shared by Elizabeth Baldridge

This is a sampling of the prompts I give in a weekly writing challenge called Rock Star Battles.  Students are to apply the skills they’re learning in class to fun, challenging writing tasks that are designed to encourage a focus on audience and purpose.  Students post their best-attempt pieces to a discussion board, and everyone gets work credit for completing the assignment.  Two students (one of my choosing and one of the class’s) earn Rock Star Points (a coupon worth a three-point boost to any assignment’s grade).  At the end of the semester, students choose their best two battle pieces to include in the portfolio.

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Ice Breaker (Poetry)

Ice Breaker (Poetry)

Shared by Gael Grossman

This ice breaker activity uses poetry to get students to work together early in the semester and offers an opportunity to discuss limerick and haiku.

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Group Presentations

Group Presentations

Shared by Jeremy Branstad

I use this assignment to help students understand the concepts of main ideas and supporting details. The assignment is given during unit two, the placeography, and involves having students work together in groups to give a presentation to the class. They decide on a main idea for their presentation together as a group. They then go out and take pictures to support that main idea. Students use the worksheet (page 2 of the attachment) to do all the planning collaboratively during classtime.

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Writing Ice Breaker

Writing Ice Breaker

Shared by Chuck Guilford

With inspiration from/credit to Ken Macrorie, Peter Elbow, and many others

This is an opening day activity that works both as an ice breaker and an introduction to some practices that will be used throughout the term.

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Narrative Collage

Narrative Collage

Worksheet for Indian Education

Student Samples

Shared by Jacque Wilson-Jordan

This is a narrative collage. I’ve used the assignment for years, and the students love it. In addition to the assignment sheet, there is a worksheet based on an analysis of Sherman Alexie’s “Indian Education” (from *The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven*) and two award-winning student models of the collage.

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Student Information Sheet

Student Information Sheet

Shared by Stephanie Kratz

With credit to On Course Workshops

This is an information sheet aimed at building rapport and showing instructor interest in students.

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Ice Breaker

Ice Breaker

Shared by Karen Henderson

This is an icebreaker that consistently works well with my demographic, which is very nontraditional.

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