Today my students took a summative assessment over the novelsthey read for their literature circles. There were four parts to include in the letter, which aligned with the kinds of notes they took in preparation for their discussions. Then, as a conclusion, I asked them to tell me something about their lives right now. Wow! I wish I would have always included this simple question. It gave me such insight into my students. I would encourage anyone to add this simple idea to any reading response letter students are writing. (As a side note, I was also impressed with how many of my students used a transition to move into their discussion about life right now. Transitions have been a big focus this tri!)
Unhurried. Finding the magic in the middle of living. Capturing a life of ridiculous grace + raw stories.