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STRIP-TEASERS: A COLLABORATIVE WRITING ACTIVITY



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Lesson Plan 4 Writing Title STRIP TEASERS A COLLABORATIVE WRITING ACTIVITY Objective In this lesson students of all levels will develop writing skills and foster creativity critical thinking skills and teamwork Session time 30 minutes Materials paper pencils or pens Procedure Step 1 Fold sheets of 8 1 2 x 11 paper into thirds as you would a business letter Tear sheets along folds into strips Give each student three strips Step 2 Ask each student to write a sentence on each of the 3 strips Tell them it doesn t matter what the sentence is It can be about anything Examples My dog is cute The weather is cold I lost my pajamas If a student says he she cannot write a sentence ask that student to simply write a word or a phrase on the strip Step 3 Ask students to trade their 3 completed strips with 3 other students Step 4 Group students in pairs or in teams of 3 Each student should now have 3 strips that he she did not write Each team of two should have 6 strips each team of 3 should have 9 strips none of which were written by anyone in their groups Step 5 Tell students their team s or group s task is to write a paragraph or story that makes sense using the sentences they have They will almost certainly need to add phrases or words to what they have in order to accomplish this goal However they must use all of the sentences or phrases as they are written in the paragraph or story that they create Step 6 Ask each group of students to read aloud the sentences they had to work with and then to read the paragraph or story they created using those sentences Conclusion Facilitate a discussion of what each group had to do to their sentences to ensure that the paragraph or story made sense Examples Did you add words such as because while since etc Why or why not Did you add words such as and or but Why or why not What new sentences phrases or words did you add to achieve continuity or flow of the topic or idea How did you decide as a team in what order to put the sentences Name one thing that you learned from this activity L Cox SIPDC


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