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.
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.
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.
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.
Worksheet for Indian Education
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.
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.
Shared by Karen Henderson
This is an icebreaker that consistently works well with my demographic, which is very nontraditional.