I recently started blogging with 6th Graders, so found her TED talk particularly relevant when she got to the part about her experiences working with teenagers on poetry.
One thing Sarah suggested teenagers were good at was writing lists, so she began by assigning her students list poems. One example she mentioned was:
10 Things I Know to be True
I decided that list poems and list posts could well be the intersection between blogging and poetry. In their English/Humanities classes, they have started a poetry unit, so it seemed the planets aligned for me in terms of content!
This week, I asked my students to write a list post on the above topic. It has, in my opinion, been the most successful blog topic to elicit more personal and thoughtful content from my students to date.**
I always try to model what I want my students to do, so if you are interested, check out my list here.
Marius added a picture to each item on his list, including that you need to think out of the box.
Victoria knows that bad things can happen to good people.
Pavitra knows that laughter is the best medicine.
Kavya believes the world needs more leaders who consider consequences.
I teach pretty neat kids, huh?!
** If you are interested, the other topics we’ve covered are:
– a Mind Map about what they are interested in blogging about
– Something they believe deserves a bigger audience