The first few days, we did a lot of ice breakers/getting-to-know-you/team building stuff. I use some activities from this:
The kids had a blast!
It was great to watch them work and start the important process of becoming a "family."
I also introduced them to the joys (and hand-cramping!) of Quick Writing. Very few complaints this year, so I'm taking that as a GREAT sign:
And now, I want to share with you the first of my Writing with Mentor Texts series! I am so, so excited to share these posts with you! I LOVE using mentor texts when I teach writing. I cannot think of a better way to inspire middle schoolers.
Since I will be teaching these kids all school year, I needed to put together lessons that are not part of my September-May curriculum. I knew that I wanted to use children's literature and picture books as my mentor texts for the summer (what's more fun than a picture book!?!) so I scoured the Internet and talked to lots of different colleagues about their favorite stories.
Over the next several weeks, I'll be sharing the lessons that I will doing this summer with you for FREE! So, check back often throughout July and August to gather up your FREEBIES!
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Lesson One: The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown