Teacherscribe’s Teaching Tip #162
What lesson could you sell tickets for? Or what lesson do students love the most?
I posed this question to half a dozen former students in the fall. I thought they’d all mention the one that was my choice for the one lesson that I could sell tickets for. But I actually got four different answers. I hope that’s a good thing.
For the record, here was my choice for the lesson that I could sell tickets for –
I have a Keynote that I use with my College Comp students to introduce the ten ways to start an essay. To punctuate each example, I include actual student examples from past themes, and I use short, engaging videos.
The students have a blast with the examples and videos.
For the action lead, I use this short clip from The Office.
For the snapshot lead, I use this clip of the worlds’ most boring teacher.
For a misleading lead, I use this hilarious commercial.
For the dialogue lead, I use this classic bit of dialogue. It’s short but sweet, and highly effective.
And for the shocking lead, I use this scene from Reno 911.
Best of all, I show it to them after they have written some drafts, so I have them practice the leads on their drafts so they are employing each different way to start an essay right into their writing.