The Big Cheese

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Okay teachers - I swear up and down by the Big Cheese. It is the single, most effective way I teach writing in my class. Other teachers have implemented it and they are hooked.

Not only are you teaching grammar, punctuations, phonics skills, writing strategies, introductions, conclusions, paragraph organizing, main idea, and details, BUT you are also highlighting a student, making them feel special and allowing your class to learn about their peers on a deeper, more personal level. Writing + community building = amazingness.

WHAT IS THE BIG CHEESE?!
Every Friday, a randomly selected student is chosen to become our Big Cheese for the week. We call them up to the teacher chair, the students interview them, and we categorize the BC's responses into part of speech columns. Then, we WRITE starting the following Monday. Write a sentence each day for primary, or a paragraph each day for upper elementary.
Monday - write an introduction introducing your Big Cheese.
Tuesday - write all about their adjectives that were chosen to describe them during the interview.
Wednesday - write about the Big Cheese's verbs (what they like to DO)
Thursday - write about their nouns (their favorite people, places, and things)
Friday - write a conclusion

By the end of the week, the kids have written a 5 paragraph essay about the Big Cheese! (OR one solid paragraph if you teach primary).

The amazing thing is that it's guided and VERY structured, but student-led.

You will love it - promise!! :)
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