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Naming and Interviews (John Weinstein)

Naming and Interviews (John Weinstein)

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Published by: bardqueens on Sep 05, 2011
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Bard High School Early College - Newark 
Writing & Thinking Workshop
Workshop Script for Naming and Interviews (80 min + Interview sharing)Goals for the Session:
Give each student an opportunity to meet another classmate, and to be introduced to someof the fundamental Writing & Thinking techniques.
Key Elements
The session begins with a Free Write.
(5 min)
Teacher then teaches the term “Free Write” and writes “FW” on the blackboard, and points out that FWs can be shared, but never have to be.
(1 min)Reading aloud:
Ask the students to turn to Sandra Cisneros’ “My Name” in their Readers. (Alternate choices: Linda Hogan, “Song for My Name”; Marilyn Mei LingChen, “How I Got That Name.”) Ask for a volunteer to read through the story/poem.
(2min)Additional readings:
Ask for another volunteer to read through it. Then, read it in agroup read-around, with a different person taking each sentence/line. Explore additionalreadings as desired.
(6 min)FFW.
Students do a Focused Free Write on what their name means to to them.
(5 min)
Teacher then teaches the term “Free Write” and writes “FFW” on the blackboard, and points out that FFWs always have the possibility of being shared.
(1 min)
FFW is read in a
Teacher teaches the term “Loops” as a series of interrelated FFWs (usuallythree, but could be more); teacher writes “Loops” on the blackboard.
(1 min)LOOP #1.
FFW on “Something I would like to do someday.”
(5 min)LOOP #2.
FFW on “Something I would like to do this year.”
(5 min)

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