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SillyBandz Sentences

May 25, 2011

Back in the fall, I was asked to keep a group of students who didn’t want to (read: couldn’t pay for) the school dance being held during the school day.  We stayed behind, listened to Taylor Swift, ate cookies, colored, and played games.  I got tons of papers graded.  IT WAS GLORIOUS.

Perhaps the best thing to come of this, though, was a new writing strategy for reluctant writers.  One of my lowest performing and least motivated students brought be a story he had written using his friend’s SillyBandz (yep…that’s really how you spell it).  With some encouragement, they continued writing new sentences and stringing them together into stories.

I’ve heard of Sticker Stories before, which allows students to make a collage of stickers and write a brief story about it.  This strategy seems more “grown-up” to my middle school students, while still providing a scaffold for them.  They don’t have to know how to spell the words, and they don’t have to come up with the topic out of thin air.  It takes something the students have on their bodies and uses it to encourage writing.  Next year, I will probably use this as a mini-lesson when we’re talking about where writers get ideas and how to begin their Seed Writing.

This just might be something we do again on the last day of school, too.

Here are the SillyBandz Sentences that J and J wrote during the Dance That Wasn’t:

The man got in his car and saw a bunny.

The pig stepped on the sandcastle and there was a shell.

The man watered his horse.

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  1. May 27, 2011 12:10 pm

    This is awesome! Love the pictures. Your last line makes me feel bad for the kids but the great thing is they got to hang out with you!

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