Relevant Writing: Writing For Publication.
The TBR Study Buddy, Issue #43 is a complete set of 13 classroom-tested techniques that uniquely bring together the skills and inspiration needed for students to embrace writing like never before. Your students will not only be developing a plethora of writing skills, they will also have the real world opportunity to be published in The Bunk Room, a magazine written entirely by kids.
--Parent Permission Slip for submitting student's work for publication to The Bunk Room
--BONUS Crossword Puzzle, Scavenger Hunt & Word Scramble
----The Bunk Room Magazine, issue #43
Authored by Emily Thorpe, the twice nominated Top Five Finalist for Teacher of The Year in Orange County Public Schools, the 12th largest district in the nation, this companion to every issue of The Bunk Room will bring out even your most reluctant writer. Thorpe has used The Bunk Room successfully in the classroom for years and brings these activities and techniques to The Bunk Room Study Buddy.
"When students see other kids writing in their own voice, but in a professional format, they see the value of nonfiction writing as being part of a global conversation where their opinions matter. It was easy to get students to write after reading The Bunk Room, because they had a student model written by real kids and not an author from a textbook company pretending to be a kid. But the best part of using The Bunk Room for writing activities was that students were excited by the possibility of being published in a magazine. It gave them a real world purpose for writing," Thorpe said.
Thorpe's experiences with The Bunk Room in the classroom have translated into a huge win for any educator faced with a room full of students wrestling blank pieces of paper.
"Although in the past ten years there has been a bigger push for nonfiction, much of the resources written for students is drab and irrelevant to kids. I liked using The Bunk Room in my classroom because my students often shared the same interests as the writers, or were more willing to take an interest in something new, just because it was written by a peer. My students really gravitated towards the nonfiction about average kids doing exceptional things. Sometimes I would be surprised by the articles that resonated with my students, and I guess that's because as much as we try, only kids get kids," Thorpe said.
This collection of complete writing activities is paired with a student model from The Bunk Room magazine. The lessons can be done in any order and can be used individually to support specific ELA standards in your classroom.
Each lesson begins with a warm-up exercise that helps students practice a writing skill or guides them in generating ideas for writing. Some lessons also include an “analyze” section to help students critically read our student articles, using a focused literary concept.
All of the lessons help students think about what they read and how they can relate the reading to their own experiences.
Students may read the articles online, or you may print them from the copy that we have included with your purchase. If you would like to inquire about getting a hard copy subscription for your students, please visit TheBunkRoom.com.
Each lesson culminates with a writing activity that gives students the chance to apply what they learned and make personal connections to the lesson.
Students will also have the opportunity to submit their writing for possible publication in our magazine. This can be a great motivator in your class, and we suggest that you begin each Study Buddy lesson by pointing out this prospect to your students.
See author Emily Thorpe using The Bunk Room in her classroom at TheBunkRoom.com/study-buddy.