Student Spotlight: Fifth Period Free Topic Posts

For most of this year, students have been enjoying the freedom to blog about any topic they choose in any mode they choose.  Check out this sampling of the wide variety of subjects covered by fifth period students so far:

Jenna celebrates her dog’s first birthday.

Do you love musicals?  Madeleine shares her favorite Broadway hits.

Meghana finds Draco Malfoy to be a sympathetic character.

Surya explains why studying a second language is a good idea.

Want to understand Javascript? Ian does an excellent job of explaining a complex topic.

Lorena enhances her writing with photos, color, and special effects.  Cool!

What’s your favorite season?  William explains why his is winter.

Ananya writes a poem to capture the beauty of a new day.

Blake has some information and questions for you about 4-D printing.

Erik enjoyed an opportunity to meet a favorite author.

The misery of flu season is expressed in this post by Layna.

Madeline takes you into the Phantom’s lair…and into his mind.

You’ll appreciate these amusing tips from Varun on how to avoid telemarketers!

Milan describes his dread of state testing.

Pranu shares her thoughts about an unsettling documentary she recently watched.

Shreyaa describes the complexities and joys of one of her hobbies:  Bharathanatyam dance.

You’ll want to visit Hawaii after reading what Tiffany has to say about it!

Student choice is an important factor in writing instruction.  Students who have something to say will work to say it well, and maybe even have some fun in the process!

3 thoughts on “Student Spotlight: Fifth Period Free Topic Posts

  1. Hello
    Thank you so much for the visits that are taking place at the moment – we really appreciate it, and it seems like ages ago that we were in contact. I will be sharing your students posts with our students this morning (its 8am here in New Zealand and students will be here in the classroom in another half an hour or so) and we’ll have a good look at your site and your students blog. If you are still at School in half an hour and would like to talk to our students in New Zealand let us know (the Skype Connection should be fine, I think Mrs. Kriese’s has our Skype Account (its myles.webb and it has a volcano on the Screen). Otherwise we’ll be in touch.
    Great to have the visits and we hope you like our page.
    Mr Webb and Room Three, Auroa Primary School, Taranaki, New Zealand

    • Thank you for the note, Mr. Webb! Yes, it has been awhile since our students communicated. Here in Texas, it’s been testing season. In April/May, every seventh grader in the state has to take four-hour-long exams in each of three subjects: writing, reading, and math. We’ve been quite busy preparing for and taking those. As eighth graders, these kids will take four-hour exams in science and social studies as well.

      Our classes end at 3:30 central time (fifteen minutes from now) and then we have 25 minutes of study hall. With some advance notice, we can certainly get a group of our students together at 3:35 central time in the next week or two for a Skype session. I think that’s 8:35 a.m. your time. Would that work? Our last day of school before summer vacation is May 29. How about for y’all?

      • We don’t finish School until December but we didn’t start until February so anytime in the next couple of weeks would suit us awesome. It will give us a chance to talk about Texas because we don’t know much (or anything about it as a state – I have a completely different group of students who don’t know anything about the USA states, so we can do some great Brainstorming in class this morning) and we can build some prior knowledge.

        Fantastic to hear from you – its made my day.

        Mr Webb and Room Three, Auroa Primary School, Taranaki, New Zealand

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