Hey everyone! Here is the post for 4/19.
Today was our Grammar Grammys- our video care and share of our video lessons.
Before I dive into what we did, here is the agenda for the rest of the semester. Things are winding down. There aren’t any more readings (although you will probably have to reread some things for your final), but you will need to be working on your final project.
- Thursday 4/21 – draft of task, start of rubric
- Tuesday 4/26 – finish rubric, draft of outline
- Thursday 4/28 – finish outline, notes for reflection
- Tuesday 5/3 – finals are due.
We also had a discussion at the beginning of class about our final Twitter reflection. Since we aren’t tweeting that much, we are looking at alternatives. Benko is looking for a reflective piece, a snapshot of learning, that isn’t too extensive (you are probably really busy with your final already). Here are the ideas we thought about.
- Essay about being digitally present
- Word cloud of tweets
- Course evaluation
- Creative interpretation of something learned
- TIB podcast
- Commitment to teaching based on what we learned
- Blog post
Next was our Grammar Grammys. After MUCH deliberation, the results are in!
The award for “Awesome and Engaging Context” goes to AAAWWUBBIS. By using a news story for the basis of their video, the students can see grammar in the real world!
The award for “Magnificent Tech” goes to Non-restrictive Elements. The combination of pronunciation, intonation, visual design, and cuts between video and screen made the video easy to follow.
The award for “Great Focus on Craft” goes to Tense Shift. They outlined the ways authors purposefully use tense shifts. This allows students to see how and why this grammar is important rather than feel like they have to memorize it.
The award for “Cool and Creative Interactive Elements” goes to Compound Sentences. Having students click through the options allows them to see grammar as a set of tools and choices rather than arbitrary rules.
The award for “Super Duper Visual Scaffold” goes to Commas in Intro Elements. That metaphor about appetizers and main course were used repeatedly, which Anderson argues is a good way to reinforce concepts for students.
The award for “Amazing Mentor Texts” goes to Vague Pronouns. Their use of YA novels showcases Anderson’s call for sentences that students will want to learn.
Great job guys! I truly enjoyed all your videos.
Looking ahead, you will need to keep working on your final projects.
If you stuck on what to do, I suggest checking out this blog:
It contains a bunch of writing prompts. Some are argumentative, some narrative, and some research based (hey, those are all the genres!). It might be worth scrolling through in order to find inspiration.