Speed Dating with Thesis Statements

Guest blog by Mrs. Across the country and throughout our great state, classrooms are transforming in an effort to engage students in meaningful learning. Teachers are revamping their teaching styles and lessons to reach students in a way that is fun and memorable. As a secondary social studies teacher, I had to become extra creative in order to find ways to make learning historical content and skills fun and exciting. I knew lectures and workbooks would keep the learner in a sedated state. So how could I bring learning to life and get students to learn without even realizing it?

Writing Group Speed Dating

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Critics of the United States government suggest that it has failed to meet the needs of its poorest citizens as the gap between the wealthiest few and the poor has grown in the past few decades. Defend, refute, or qualify the argument that the US government must act to reduce income inequality. Some have suggested that students should be required to perform community service to graduate from high school. In a well-developed essay, identify the negative and positive implications of such a policy and argue whether it should be adopted.

Christina Hoff Sommers writes about how boys are struggling to keep up with girls in school. In a well-developed essay, defend, refute, or qualify her contention that boys achieve less in school because of gender bias.

Use speed dating to help your students find their perfect book.

I arrived on the singles scene in with an aching heart and a lot to learn. Seemingly overnight, dating apps had shifted from the desperate domain of the overs to the new normal. Every man and his dog were on Tinder — or every man and his sedated tiger, all dumb grins and flexed muscles bulging out of Bintang singlets.

One of my favorite creative writing exercises is to play pretend, to be the With this Speed Dating exercise, I got the sense of how my character.

Link to full printable document available at the bottom of this post. Students are seated in rows and prompts are distributed. For example, I had four students in each row and four different prompts printed and ready to hand out. The bottom line is — students should become VERY familiar with the first prompt they are given. If they have immediate ideas for evidence that can be used to support their thesis, I encourage them to jot those ideas down below to help out the next guy, but they are only responsible for the thesis.

Round Two 5 minutes — Students pass their prompt to the person behind them so that everyone gets a NEW prompt for this round. Round Four 5 minutes — Students pass their prompt to the person behind them so that everyone gets another new prompt for this round this is 4 and REPEAT. At the conclusion of the activity, students will have seen and worked with around FIVE different writing prompts.

Now, they should have their original prompt back and fully developed into an essay with a strong thesis statement, two or three pieces of evidence, a counterargument statement, and a conclusion. This seems a little complicated when I write it all out is anyone even still reading?

Speed Dating

After a lifetime of not really dating, my brother signed up for a speed dating event. Lo and behold, he left with requests for a follow-up date from every person that he speed dated that evening, and he ended up marrying one of them less than a year later. So, I guess you could say that I am a believer in the potential of speed dating! Andrea teaches Spanish at St.

This semester I am teaching a SOAR new to Chestatee Academy that is all about creative writing. I am delighted there were enough students.

The purpose of speed dating is for students to quickly and effectively share their knowledge or give feedback to a partner. Speed Dating can take two forms for students — to provide peer feedback or to share expert knowledge about a topic. In one form, Speed Dating can be used as a peer review or peer feedback session. That way, students receive targeted feedback while also reading and reviewing several peers’ writing.

Speed dating can also be used by students to share expert knowledge about a topic with several peers. In this form, each student becomes an expert on a particular task or skill. Then, once the students are ready, they begin to “speed date,” teaching each other and challenging each other.

Is “Speed Dating” More Engaging than Serial Presentations?

I know this is a rare feat, especially in the secondary setting, but I am not exaggerating. Speed dating is the real deal. It tricks students into learning and will make your teacher heart warm and fuzzy inside. The best part is that this lesson model is so versatile that you can find a creative way to use it for just about anything! I facilitate this lesson to help my students practice their rhetorical skills during our unit on persuasion. To do this, I use a variety of topics, ranging from silly to serious, so that the debates spark some friendly controversy.

The Writers Victoria host gave us a rundown on how things would work (desks with publishers, lines for each, and a microphone call for start, two.

How does it work? Then at , they go into the Pitch Room to meet the producers – one at each of the stations. We ring a bell, writers have two minutes to pitch. We ring a second bell, producers have two minutes to respond and ask questions, or give feedback. Writers bring a packet with a synopsis, bio, cast breakdown and production requirements to leave with each of the producers.

If the project interests the producer, he may request that you send a full script. Meanwhile, group two is in the Coaching Room getting coached for an hour starting at Second group goes into the Pitch Room at We estimate that pitches and turnaround should take about 50 minutes total for all eleven. We will have wine and cheese afterwards, so although the pitch sessions will end at around , we hope writers and producers will stay and chat informally until 9pm or so.

Eleven writers pitching to eleven producers at one time?

Using a Speed Dating Protocol to Think Critically about Writing

For two hours, sixty people lined up for their chance to have three minutes with a publisher. Always with the breath mints. The event itself went by in a flash.

In a writing conference speed dating-style event, you’ll have ten minutes or so to chat with one literary agent before moving on to speak with the.

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