Padlet is a great tool for having students communicate short responses quickly and in real-time. On the Padlet page, provide 3-5 opening lines from songs, novels, or movies. .
Students identify the titles of the songs and enter their responses on the Padlet page. If your learning environment is 1:1, iPad, or BYOD you can create a QR code for the students to scan to quickly respond to this opening activity
This lesson for 11-12 grade students is great model for direct instruction for writing introductions for argumentative essays. Thiis is best if your students are also reading this selection.
Watch the LearnZillion video, "Introducing Claims and Reasons" outside the class. When you return to class be prepared to draft an introduction for "A Brook in the City".
Google Docs are great for collaboration. If your students do not have Gmail accounts or Google Drive, you will want to create a shared Google Doc for each of your groups of students. If your students have Drive accounts they can share the document with each other.
In groups of 3-4, students together will draft an introduction for a familiar text. One student is responsible for sentence 1, one for sentence 2, and so on. After each student has contributed they can make comments and suggestions to improve the introduction.
Create an assignment in Edmodo for students to submit their own Introduction for the selection they are reading. Students can complete the task as homework.
Consider the features their groups included to compose their shared introduction. Now it's time for them to write theirr own. Students will draft their own introduction for their argumentative essay topic. Then, submit their assignments in Edmodo.
As an extension activity, students can create short introductions for their essay or for publishing their writing using Audacity. They can even add sound effects to help convey the appropriate mood of the text. Finally, they can share their finished "podcasts" or audio recordings on a public website to share with others or an authentic audience.