For grading, it makes it really easy - just scan through the folder and open the documents.
Anyway, back to the lesson.
Then I showed them this image:
I had them write a three word Tarzan sentence that included a subject. We shared.
Then we worked through the parts of speech they saw in the picture, starting with verbs, moving to adverbs, nouns, adjectives, prepositions, conjunctions (FANBOYS, one of the only things I remember from middle school), pronouns, and finally, interjections.
Interjections are fun for this picture.
I had to do a lot of modeling, of checking examples, of making sure they chose words that were actually adverbs, etc. But for the most part, we moved through that first part quickly, and the energy and noise level were really high.
They were excited about grammar. And they wrote fantastic similes.
Then we started the paragraph.
There was total silence.
Actually, let me show you.
Then something really cool happened.
Without any prompting, they started trading computers and reading each others' paragraphs. They were so excited about their grammar work that they shared them of their own volition.
That's a big improvement on the holt grammar sheets I used for years...worksheets that were themselves copied from Warriner's and given new clip art.
Here's a video of a few kids reading their paragraphs to the class. I didn't plan to do that, but they really really wanted to share.
Generally, a full class set (25) takes me about 30 minutes. Plus, I already checked a lot of them during class to make sure they were keeping up, so I'm really only looking at the paragraphs.
As Morgan indicated, there will clearly be more of these.
Doing work that is both fun and that I know is effective in teaching them something important is exciting. And not just to me.
Want more information about the 8 pARTS lesson? Check out this site. And thanks again to Jon Corippo for letting me steal years of his hard work!