Saturday, April 25, 2015

Writing Workshops : Autobiography Product Swap + a GIVEAWAY!

Three weeks ago, Jungle Learners suggested doing a product swap, and I thought the idea was brilliant!  I was paired up with Kovescence of the Mind, and got to pick a product from her store to use in my classroom. I'm also hosting a giveaway and giving away the product I chose for FREE!

In my classroom, I do Writing Workshops, in which students are working on, well, writing! This occurs every Wednesday afternoon.  When I took a peek in Sarah's store, I knew I had to pick her Writing Your Autobiography product, as I figured it'd be a perfect fit for my Writing Workshops.

When I introduced the idea to my students, they were enthralled. We talked about the various chapters their autobiography would entail and how they could go about creating it. I even brought my cricut machine to work so they can use it to scrapbook!

I've turned this into a HUGE project, so my students haven't gotten super far into it yet, but they're all starting to plan out their autobiography and gathering pictures and information from the 8 chapters included in the product.

It's tough to grab pictures of my students using this product in action, as I don't want any personal information or pictures of my students on my blog!  So I took this pic before she got started to avoid any issues.

Sarah did a great job in dividing this project into 8 different chapters, making a huge task seem less daunting for my students (especially grades 5/6). Instead of thinking about all the information I needed them to gather and write, they were thinking on how to present and create their autobiography! Students are loving looking at old baby pictures and finding out information about their birth, such as their weight and height (and then comparing it to every single other baby they know!)

Now, I did have to change the grading scheme, as we can't grade with a point system, but this was fairly easy to do. I built the success criteria with my students anyway, so a rubric was easy to make after this exercise.

Want to win your own copy of Writing Your Autobiography? Enter below!
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Do you want to know what Kovescence of the Mind received in her swap?  Head on over to her blog by clicking her blog button at the top of this blog post to see which product she used and how much she loved it! She's giving it away for free too, so don't forget to head over there for your chance to win!

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