A great way to keep students engaged in learning Common Core skills
As I taught my 8th graders about outlining and how to plan a deliberate and logical organization for their essays, I realized that they needed some extra practice with the concept. So we came up with this fun little activity.
In the activity, students use different holiday related props as thought starters. Props could be anything from a red Santa hat to a dreidel to a snowboard to a glass of milk and plate of cookies. Working in groups as quickly as they can, student then create an outline based on a specific organizational structure. In my class, students had so much fun trying to link everything to their random prop that they didn’t even realize they were doing something that they would normally find difficult and boring. During the activity, students will go through six different rounds using six different props and six different organizational structures. In other words, in what feels like just a silly game, they will create well-organized outlines for six different essays!
Students will practice organizing ideas in the following structures:
* CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
* SEQUENTIAL ORDER
* SPATIAL ORGANIZATION
* CATEGORICAL ORGANIZATION
* ORDER OF IMPORTANCE
* COMPARE AND CONTRAST
* ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES
* CAUSE AND EFFECT
* PROBLEM AND SOLUTION
COMMON CORE STANDARD:
* CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.2a Organize ideas, concepts, and information, using specific strategies.
Included in the download are four versions of a group worksheet or outline organizer (that way you don’t have all of the groups working on chronological order at the same time). There is also a teacher’s guide with lesson instructions and an example of what possible responses look like.
Enjoy the activity, and happy holidays!
Created by Arik Durfee