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Sunday 17 June 2012
Circle Writing activitiy
Sentence Circles - Split your students into groups of 5. Give each group a piece of sentence strip paper and a pencil. On your signal, the first person in the group writes one word on the strip and then passes it to the left. The second person then writes the second word of the burgeoning sentence. The writing continues in this pattern around the circle - with no talking!
When the sentences are complete, the students share their creations with the class. Do this a few times and have them notice how their collective sentences improve each time around.
I have also done this as Story Circles, where they have time to write then pass. Sometimes they have to fold the paper so they can only read the last sentence the previous person wrote and must elaborate. They usually get goofy, but are fun to share at the end of a class.