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Here's a great activity Susan Hankins has used with her English and Latin classes, and it can be adapted to any class.  Students love the process and have no idea that they are working on numerous SPIs.  Here are a few variations: 

Biology-show a picture of a critter-describe its habitat, its purpose, what it eats, ...

History-pick paintings of historical events or famous people--- describe it, describe the time period, who was affected....and by the end tell what is this historical event or who is the person...

Math - use a formula, describe its use, define it, give an example,... 

English- Start with the introduction/expostition, then move to the rising action, then the, climax, then the falling action, then conclusion.

Susan is going to apply it to Latin but change parts/steps.  She's using Roman art as the pictures, then the students will describe the setting, conflicts.,etc.....

Collaborative Writing (Paper Plate Writing) 

Materials

Computer

Paper plates with pictures or postcards

Description

Paper plate writing is a collaborative writing approach. Collaborative writing can lead to projects that are richer and more complex than those produced by individuals.  You can decide what students will write about each time.

Step-by-Step

1. Open a new MS Word document and type a description of the picture you have been given.

2. Turn your picture over, so no one will be able to see it. The next person must be able to visualize your picture from the description you have written.

3. Move to the computer on your right and read the description and begin a story from the description of the picture. Establish a setting and create characters. Stop when time is called.

4. Move to the next computer and read the story and continue by adding conflict. (Stop at the end of the sentence.)

5. Move to the next computer and add dialogue and transitional devices. (Stop at the end of the word you are writing.)

6. Move to the next computer and write a conclusion.

7. Move to the next computer and revise for vivid words, combine sentences to vary sentence types, and edit for grammar, usage, and mechanics. (Students would have only one or two things to do to improve the story.)

8. Return to original computer and read the story about your picture.

9. Teachers might want to put students in groups (those who have taken part in the specific stories) and let them look at the pictures, read the stories, and choose the best story to share with the whole class.

Materials needed:

  • Computer
  • story starter pictures

Assessment Activity Title: Paper plate Writing

Description of Activity:

  • 4. Open a new MS Word document and type a description of the picture they have been given.
  • 5. Move to the computer on your right and read the description and begin a story about the description of the picture. Establish a setting and create characters. Stop when time is called.
  • 6. Move to the next computer and read the story and continue by adding conflict.
  • 7. Move to the next computer and add dialogue and transitional devices.
  • 8. Move to the next computer and write a conclusion.
  • 9. Move to the next computer and revise for vivid words, combine sentences to vary sentence types, and edit for grammar, usage, and mechanics.
  • 10. Return to original computer to read the story about your picture.

Assignment Extensions:

This lesson may also be used to address various Standard 7 - Media SPIs.