Okay at first I thought that my students would groan and complain when I introduced using post-its to take notes while reading. However, I was pleasantly surprised. The students actually got excited about using the post-its. One of my students actually asked if she could use more post-its than I required. Holy Cow!
Due to my students interest I have integrated post-its in several ways.
1. When I first introduced post-its we talked about making text connections and six questions students could ask when thinking about what to add to their post its. I then gave students a short story and six post-its to complete based on the questions we discussed (1 post-it for each question).
2. After a few days of using post-its in class we discussed how to extend our post-it note responses. I created a handout and had them choose three post-its to extend. Basically students used their post-it as a jumping off point for a paragraph.
3. After students had practiced extending their responses. Students took one of their extensions and used it to create an essay. I also had students use three post-its to create a summary or analysis of the story.
4. For 1-3 we used short-stories. We are currently doing a novel study. For our novel students are required to write six post-its per chapter and then choose one to use as a journal topic.
I have truly been amazed to see my students work. Many of my apprehensive writers have became excited about writing using this strategy. I think a lot of it has to do with choice and giving them the opportunity to take ownership of their reading and writing.
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