Archive for category: Steal This Idea

STEAL THIS IDEA: People, Places, Times and Things

In their notebooks, students should make four headings:  People, Places, Times and Things.  Students are then asked to list four childhood memories that relate to each of these headings. Here are some suggestions to get kids going: A person who/whose: I hated; death made me the saddest; I respected very […]

STEAL THIS IDEA: Book Pitches

Once every few weeks, put students into mixed groups and allow them to give a five minute “pitch” for a book they recently finished.  They should give a summary, mention a few high points (or low points) and share their opinion of the book.  The other students in the group […]

STEAL THIS IDEA: Revision “Telephone”

Revision “telephone” can help students to change the wording of lines or sections of their writing that they’re having trouble saying the way they want to say them.  Students should select a sentence from their writing that is giving them difficulty.  They read the line aloud and then they go […]

STEAL THIS IDEA: A New Twist on Active Listening

You probably already have your students using active listening protocols in your classroom, but have you thought about other ways that you can use active listening in your classroom? Try using written active listening as a note taking strategy.  Having students jot in their notebooks things like “I heard so-and-so say…” […]

STEAL THIS IDEA: “What You Have Heard Is True”

Looking for a good “getting to know you” writing prompt for the beginning of the school year? Ask students to start a piece of writing with the following statement:  What you have heard is true.  See where their pens take them from there!   Steal This Idea is a roundup […]