When one of Kevin Hodgson’s 6th graders asked about using the “n” word, his class fell silent. In this Working Draft post, he shares the mini-lesson he responded with and also the resources he’s since found to help students build an understanding of racism and the evolution of language.
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Kevin Hodgson brings his ramble through Maine marshlands to his sixth graders as they write poetry together. From rough drafting in class to experimenting with bringing his poem alive using digital tools, he shares the process with his students and with us!
Kevin Hodgson begins his 6th grade poetry unit “with a listening field trip across the United States, powered by our imaginations.” Before young writers can compose poetry, they need to listen closely to its rhythms and “make the shift away from prose.” The anthology My America provides mentor texts.
Kevin Hodgson is always on the look out for different ways to engage his 6th graders as storytellers. Recently he introduced Storyteller Cards, a Kickstarter project, and asked them how each card’s character, setting & action might enliven their writing.
Has your state added a course on English Language Sheltered Immersion to recertification requirements? Kevin Hodgson’s has. He shares his Top Lessons Learned, including “there is no one type of ELL student – each student comes with unique strengths & challenges.”
Kevin Hodgson’s sixth graders study digital citizenship, digital footprints and digital identity, but at an age where friendship often trumps caution, students may be less diligent than adults anticipate when it comes to sharing digital passwords.
Helping students develop into strong writers is difficult work. Fortunately, as teacher Kevin Hodgson discovered recently, the Common Core emphasis on writing in every content area means there are many more colleagues with ideas to share.
What happened to classroom play and activities like dramatic storytelling? How do we bring it back? Kevin Hodgson finds answers in Kevin Cordi’s lively book Playing with Stories, which suggests ways to use storytelling as literacy and speaking practice.
Kevin Hodgson assumed his students would enjoy writing Six Word Memoirs, particularly within a comic site. What he didn’t expect was the level of enthusiasm, as even struggling writers dove into the concept, creating a wide range of (very) short stories.