The Meanings

Japanese White Eyed Bird / Photo Cred:  Mitzker in Hawaii
We are in between publishing projects in Writing Workshop right now, so the Thirdlanders are working on their own D-I-Y publications.

For the mini-lesson today, we used the 4 Reads Template to discuss the different meanings or ideas that came through to us as readers when we read The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist

The green meanings we came up with were: "There were laws that segregated people in Alabama."  And "Young people were brave and thousands went to jail during the Children's March" and "Laws were changed."

We'll use the writing template to talk more about craft and social issues in this book later in the week.

During their time to write, most Thirdlanders are using small blue books, the kind you take tests in when you're in college, to make their own books. Lots of variety in the stories being written today.

At the end of Writer's Workshop, we met for Circle Check Out.  I asked everyone to tell us one meaning that a reader might take away from the book they're working on now.  I made a list as they shared ideas.  This was hurried, but it was fun to see the different meanings being generated by the Thirdlanders.  Everyone gets a sense of the topics their classmates are exploring right now.

We're back in action.  Gearing up for some zine writing this month.  I'm mulling this over right now.  I'll keep you posted.


I'm curious about the source text of the pictured meaning, "Lots to do in Montana."

Very fond memories of making blue books with you as a youth!
mm said…
I've used and modified the same template from your glorious book.
Ms. W. said…
I love it. I need to incorporate the template. My sixth and seventh graders would do great with that. In fact, I think I'll use it with some poems next week.
Anonymous said…
4-reads template is a great tool. Share it widely. Please.