Relevant Writing: Easy Way For Kids To Be Published in The Bunk Room.
With this straight-forward simple lesson, not only will your students learn how to use specific details their writing, 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
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.
In this lesson, students will learn how to describe a memorable birthday using specific details. So often, young writers will describe the feeling of a moment as—“It was great, (fun), (amazing)!”—forgetting to tell the reader anything interesting. This simple lesson helps your students capture a memory like a photograph, while helping them understand the importance of using concrete details in their writing.
We strongly encourage you to direct your student to participate in our "What Do You Think" section as a fun and easy way to be published. Simply lead your students to TheBunkRoom.com/survey to answer our latest survey question, using what they learned in this lesson. All entries that qualify make it online, and many will appear in print in an upcoming edition or ancillary publication.
See author Emily Thorpe using The Bunk Room in her classroom at TheBunkRoom.com/study-buddy.
Also, see more of Emily's products here on TPT at https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Emilys-Post