During an ELL Writers’ Workshop, we answered the following questions:
Who are we and what do we believe in?
I followed Larry Ferlazzo’s lesson plan and the results were revealing.
Some students found it frustrating to ‘arrive’ at their word by completing the 3 part Venn diagram. However, those who persevered were surprised that ‘visible thinking’ helped them identify their word.
The students then went on to come up with a sentence that encapsulates what they’d like people to say about them. Once again, I followed Ferlazzo’s lesson design. Students commented that they are too young, don’t yet know what they want to do, and don’t see themselves as having accomplished much in their lives. After a discussion, gentle prodding and encouragement; they realized that they have passions and beliefs.
One student came to her ‘ah ha’ moment only after her friends reminded her that, although she is now in 9th grade, she still regales them with stories from 6th grade. She laughed and willingly agreed to their/her one sentence:
I find it amusing that her one word is ‘journey’.