Alphabet Blocks Writing 1. Distribute alphabet blocks, one per student or one per group. Students may be in pairs or groups. Announce the time to be allowed: e.g., 10 minutes. 2. Assign the writing prompt—e.g., reflecting on what was learned yesterday—photosynthesis, algebraic equations, causes of the Civil War, conflict in the novel. 3. Students must write about the prompt, using a word (other than articles, prepositions, pronouns) that starts with one of the letters on the block. Preferably the alphabet word should be a concept word or a word descriptive of the concept. 4. As soon as the student has used one letter on the alphabet block, s/he should progress to another letter on the block. 5. If each student in a group has a block, the teacher may want to call time at the 6-minute mark, giving an opportunity for the last 4 minutes to be used for group members to collaborate and help each other with letters not yet used at that point. 6. Call time and ask group members to share their writing with each other. Have them choose the 3 reflections they want to share with the whole class. Optional: 7. Give a sheet of paper to each group and have them draw an alphabet block, showing 3 sides, each side with 1 of the 3 letters they chose and the sentence that goes with the letter. Call on groups to present their visual to the class.
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