A Year in F7 – Week 26

MONDAY, February 25th, Day 114

  1. OWI – Character creation (animal)

Reflection: I chose “animal” as the category because Wednesday’s Watch and Discuss/Movie Talk activity involves an animal, and the class character could be used in an alternate version of the story.

I followed Mike Peto’s character creation sequence, and included brain breaks whenever I felt student attention begin to wane.  The magic of OWI, however, is the fact that during one class both I and the students forgot about the Brain Breaks because we were too absorbed in the character creation process.

Total Prep Time: 0 minutes


TUESDAY, February 26th, Day 115

  1. Picture Talk (OWI characters)

We looked at each class’ OWI character portraits, and, using yesterday’s questions, tried to deduce the personality of the character.   Lots of meaningful interaction with the new vocabulary words introduced by the character.

Prep Time 10 minutes

2.Ludus: Kahoot (verum an falsum), using one of my handy pre-made Kahoot games.  The statements were derived directly from the OWI character.

Prep Time: 0 minutes

  1. Listen and Draw (introduction to the “Steadfast Stanley” video)

I narrated the first scene to the students, introducing the setting, the family, and the main character (a dog named Stanley).  Towards the end, we added details about city begin in some kind of peril, but I did not reveal what kind (to keep the Movie Talk scheduled from Wednesday fresh).

Prep Time: 0 minutes

Total Prep Time: 10 minutes


WEDNESDAY, February 27th, Day 116

  1. SSR (Sustained Silent Reading): Ego Polyphemus, first two chapters

Again, the purpose of this reading was to introduce the students to another level-appropriate novella.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

  1. Watch and Discuss: Steadfast Stanley.  My discussion was loosely-based on this script, though since I have used this video so many times over the years and am very familiar with it, I often strayed far off-script, wherever the conversation seemed to go. The students are often shocked by the zombies in this otherwise innocent seeming cartoon, and we all laugh at the truly ridiculous happy ending tacked on to the end.

Prep Time: 0 minutes

  1. Write and Discuss – Based on “Steadfast Stanley” (in some classes we tried to devise a better ending)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Prep Time: 25 minutes


THURSDAY, February 28th, Day 117

Absent again!

Student assignment: Read and Draw.  I selected 12 sentences from the “Steadfast Stanley” video, and the students illustrated each sentence.  The activity provided me with several pictures to use the following day at the beginning of class.

Prep Time: 20 minutes


FRIDAY, March 1st, Day 118

  1. Assessment – Picture Matching (using the pictures from yesterday’s “Read and Draw” assignment).

Prep Time: 15 minutes

  1. Storytelling Activity – alternate story (based on the opening of “Steadfast Stanley”). I just used the first paragraph of the script I used for Thursday’s assignment, and as a class we created an alternate story where a different pet was abandoned in a similar situation to see how the story might unfold.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

  1. Write and Discuss – The conclusion of the story

Reflection: As it was Friday, and students were either sleepy and sluggish or hyperactive ( it seems there is often no middle ground!) I found that using “Write and Discuss” as a way to create a story (rather than simply retell it) was a great way to maintain focus on the details of the story as it unfolds through student suggestions.

Prep Time: 0 minutes

  1. Timed Write Assessment (5 minutes)

Prep Time: 0 minutes

Total Prep Time: 20 minutes

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