Bits Flashback for April 24

Bunny RabbitI have a weakness for bunny rabbits. I encourage them to visit my yard and exclaim happily when they comply. Not so for the folks at Long Beach City College. Their campus was so overrun with cute, fluffy-tailed bunnies that they embarked on a bunny-reduction campaign. The campus is now down to 70 bunnies from an all-time high of 300 rabbits, according to the head of the college’s Rabbit Population Management Task Force.

You think I’m making this all up, don’t you? That’s why I think it would make the beginning of some interesting classroom projects. How do you write about “Rabbit Population Management” persuasively? What strategies will convince readers to take your story seriously? How would you talk about the project with students, faculty, staff, and the public? This one little story from the Chronicle of Higher Ed has so many possibilities for discussing persuasion, business reports, and technical writing!

If you’re looking for other classroom activities and teaching strategies, hop on over to Bedford Bits for more on these entries, which were posted last week:

  • Holly Pappas considers the many concerns teachers face when they assign the personal narrative and wonders how teachers can best respond when students write about intimate or painful topics in The Trauma Narrative.
  • Andrea Lunsford describes the peer tutoring program at Stanford in Writing Tutors Save the World!
  • Jack Solomon explains why educating students about the complex operations of social class is one of our most important tasks in the teaching of cultural studies in The Middle Class Goes to the Movies.
  • Barclay Barrios discusses the difference between Ideas and Examples and shares a response worksheet and some teaching strategies.
  • Steve Bernhardt reflects on thirty years of attending the CCCC Convention and describes the highlights of the convention in What’s up at CCCC?
  • Traci Gardner reviews a free, online resource classes can use to share student work and discuss current events or pop culture in in the Classroom: The Basics.

  • Jay Dolmage explores what Disability Accommodations look like in the writing classroom with some specific examples.

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April 17 to 23 on ReadWriteThink

First grade reading - small group breakoutApril is both National Poetry Month and National Humor Month. Celebrate by having students write funny poems and perform them for their classmates. Try using interactive poetry tools, or challenge your students to create a video about their written work to share with others. For more ideas, check out how others bring humor and giggles into their classrooms on the Thinkfinity Community.

This week on ReadWriteThink, you can find more resources for timely classroom activities. Have a great week!

New Resources

From the Calendar

  • April 18: Paul Revere began his famous midnight ride in 1775.
    Through the study of Paul Revere, students learn about primary source documents while researching their family histories, with which they create and compare their family trees.(For grades 4–8)
  • April 20: Celebrate author Mary Hoffman’s birthday. Students write original picture books based on their own aspirations and dreams and share with the class or with younger students. (For grades 1–9)
  • April 21: Barbara Park, author of the Junie B. Jones series, was born. Students write their own “Junie B.” stories, based on the Junie B. Jones series, after brainstorming issues they’ve experienced during the school year. (For grades 1–6)
  • April 22: Celebrate Earth Day! Students research famous environmentalists and write letters to them asking for their opinions on current issues and turn their letters into a poem. (For grades 3–12)
  • April 23: William Shakespeare was born in 1564. Based on grade level, students learn about rhyming structure, experiment with the Shakespearean Insult Kit, or study scenes from Othello and watch an adaptation of that scene from the movie O.(For grades 1–12)
  • Look ahead to next week for literacy activities on the Library of Congress, the bombing of Guernica, and the birthdays of Coretta Scott King, August Wilson, Lois Duncan, and Yusef Komunyakaa.

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[Photo: First grade reading – small group breakout by woodleywonderworks, on Flickr]

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I’m Late! Bits Flashback for April 17

Rabbit ClockI’m late! I’m late for a very important date! No time to say “Hello,” “Goodbye.” I’m late, I’m late, I’m late, I’m late!

There’s no way around it. I’m late on posting last week’s summary of posts from Bedford Bits. Fortunately the posts are still fresh and ready for readers. No stale or moldy content here! Read on for details on all of the new entries posted last week:

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