6 Best Writing Lessons Ever
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6 Best Writing Lessons Ever

Teacher Modeling: Pick- List- Choose

Kylene Reed
January 9, 2020

My class started the January lesson of the month with a seven day process piece about having a "growth mindset" in 2020. Yesterday, I showed them the vision boards and also discussed what a growth mindset looks like. For homework, I asked them to think about areas in their life where they would like to grow and change. Today, I started the pick, list, choose lesson to help them see how important it is to have organization in this piece. I videoed the lesson... please, NO judgment! I absolutely hate being in front of a camera or having my picture taken- so this is just for ya'll :) Enjoy! I hope it helps you.


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And for people who hate the chaos of my charting... :) you can write them in nice organized lines if you want. Just spread them out so that you don't do all of the categorizing for them! The key to a good pick-list-choose lesson is for you the teacher to know what the main ideas you want your students to use without just straight out saying them. Ask productive questions to generate specific details. If you notice in the beginning of the lesson, my students were listing my main ideas. I had to ask "So what specifically do you want to change with your family or at school?" This helps to keep your details more distinct so that your broad ideas become the main idea. Sometimes you will have a detail that can fit into more than one main ideas. For example, "Doing something for others.." If you notice in the video I had the students hold onto that one. Then we talked about how to make that more specific. Will you do this at school, at home, or do you want to make this a personal goal for yourself. Once you determine where the focus will be it can be added under that main idea.

Check out my lesson today that I modeled with my students below.

(Note: If you want to see the time markers for the different segments of this lesson, click on "YouTube" in the lower right side.  The video will open in YouTube. )


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