Posted on 11/21/2011 at 12:37 PM by Global Reach
60 Second Book Hooks [Activity]
From the Blog- The Tempered Radical
A few weeks back, the language arts teacher on my sixth grade team and I whipped
up an enrichment activity for our top performing students.
Called 60 Second Book Hooks, we've asked our students to generate short, persuasive
metaphorical reviews of the books that they are reading.
The rules are pretty simple: Students have to compare the books that they are
reading to unlike concepts, ideas or items. Both supportive and critical reviews are
Here is a handout to get a 60 Second Book Hook project off the ground in your
60 Second Book Hook Planning Guide
This handout guides students through a step-by-step process for writing persuasive
book hooks. We've already used it with great success with our students.
Here’s the link to the actual blog where you can see a sample 60 second book hook.
Even though this is made for middle school grades, how would you change this to fit for
the younger students?
This is a fun site I learned about from Keven Honeycutt. It’s karaoke on your
computer! Can you imagine how fun this would be with your students at the end of the
day on a Friday? Or indoor recess time? All you have to do is make an account and it’s
free! Let me know if you try this with your class, I’d love to see them do it.
Students at the Board: Confidence Booster or Buster?
By David Ginsburg on October 15, 2011
Presenting solutions to homework or class work in front of the class can be a real
confidence booster for students. But it can also be a real confidence buster for them if
they come to the board thinking they're experts and their answers turn out to be wrong.
And if that's not deflating enough for kids, imagine how they feel standing there as
teachers try to rescue them with what amounts to private tutoring in front of their peers.
I've seen this scene play out in many classrooms, including mine until I noticed students
slinking to their seats just minutes after skipping to the board. Here's how I eventually
prevented this, along with two other keys to ensuring a positive experience for student
presenters and their classmates:
Teachers should rarely if ever do for students what they can do for themselves or each
other, so it's great to call kids up to the board to share their answers with classmates-
-as long as those answers are correct, can be presented efficiently, and will be helpful
for the majority of the class.
How often do you get students to the board? Have you noticed if it’s more of a
confidence booster or is it more of a buster for students? What other ways can you
make it more of a booster?
Emily Koson--- Instructional Coach---
Ekoson@nwaea.org or firstname.lastname@example.org