Class Sequence – 2

This second of the two suggested class sequences is for teachers who are writing the story in real time as it happens, not for those writing the story after it happens from notes given to them from their story writers:

  1. Read and Share (10 min.)
  2. Story (writing it out or using voice to text at the same time) (30 min. – note that I find it imperative to keep stories short these days, no more than 30 min.)
  3. ROA (but only steps 5-7) (30 min.)
  4. Story Quiz (5 min.)
  5. Dictée or Free Write (10 min.)
  6. Word Association/Word Chunk Team Game (30 min.)
  7. The Class Poem (15 min.)

This is 2 hours and 10 minutes, roughly. It’s a sequence lasting about two block or four regular classes. The big dogs are in red and the not quite so big dogs are in green.

This plan, which of course includes the addition of the Invisibles into the story creation process and now the new writing-the-story-while-it-is-being-created idea, is rocking my CI world.

If learning TPRS had been a video game during which I labored to beat the game for 15 years, I think that with the above I may be close to doing it. (I’m probably only on level 4 of the onion, but what the hey, right? I’m having a ton of fun and that’s all that counts.)



2 thoughts on “Class Sequence – 2”

  1. The “Class Poem”? I missed this one, Ben. Granted, I wasn’t as active on this blog the past one or two years. Could you describe this activity? Perhaps it’s something you’ve let go of. But apparently you were doing it in New Delhi. I have very small classes now and can experiment more than usual.

    1. It’s just my own collection of simple French poetry, the simplest stuff I could find usually, to share with the kids. An example:

      There are many more somewhere in my computer, but only in French. French declamation has always been a big part of my teaching, born of love for their incredible poetry. We would enter contests and have such a good time. I don’t know if people do that anymore. It’s not CI, but working with kids with poetry is something that made my teaching life very rich, even before I knew about CI.

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