We are reviewing “Special Person” details from interviews we have been doing in class. I wanted to share how we went about it today.
First I asked students to volunteer information about any of the last five classmates we’ve interviewed. Students raised their hand and volunteered information. It sounded a little like this:
Student 1: Jazy habla inglés y español.
Student 2: Dillon es de Spanks, Ohio y camina a la escuela en un minuto.
Student 3: Maria juega al fútbol. Su número es treinta y dos.
Student 4: Sydni nada cinco días en una semana, pero no le gusta nadar.
As kids volunteered, I reinforced with circling questions where I thought we needed it.
Next, I asked them in their groups of 5 or 6 to collaborate, writing as much as information as possible about each of the five people.
One member of each 6 person group rotates to another group. She or he then shares the sentences his/her group wrote. The other 5 group members stay put. The strayer from another group comes to them. They add any new information to their list they did not originally think of.
After two minutes, the strayer rotates to the next group.
They don’t know it yet, because I don’t announce quizzes ahead of time, but tomorrow they’ll be asked to write 3 sentences about each of the five people. I’m pretty sure that after such comprehensive review, they’ll do quite well.