Getting to Know You

Strategy:

Focuses on the interrelationship of reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing, and visually representing. Provides authentic reasons for reading and writing.

Materials:

Paper and pencil; poster board and art supplies

Procedures:

  • Tell students they will interview each other in order to produce a class bulletin that will introduce them to parents, visitors, or penpals as well as to each other. The purpose must be real. [In our case, the purpose will be to provide the teachers and students at Jean Gordon with an overview of who we are.]
  • The class brainstorms questions to ask during the interviews.
  • Students pair up and conduct their interviews, taking notes to remember the information. The notes can be drawings as well as words or phrases.
  • Students then work individually and use their notes to write a brief article or paragraph about the person they interviewed.
  • Students then take this rough draft to another person (or group) other than the person interviewed to get suggestions for revisions (called Author's Circle).
  • Following the "Author's Circle," the interview is revised, edited, published and shared.
   

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