Workshop Wednesday: Neil Armstrong Biography

Welcome to Workshop Wednesday! Today’s edition is all about collaboration and bragging on others!

Link up a blog post that shares someone else’s idea or product that you’ve found, used, and loved!

A while back, I was lucky enough to get a Donor’s Choose Project funded for sets of extended texts! (Read about it here.) One of the sets was the book, Who Was Neil Armstrong? which is a biography of Neil.

I am using this book thanks to Amanda at Collaboration Cuties, who told me about it first! She used it in her classroom, and created an AWESOME Novel Unit to go with it! We’ve been using it as we have read the book over the last couple of weeks. We still have about a week left with it.

The great thing about this unit is that there are multiple activities for every chapter so we can really dive into each chapter and “dissect” the text. We’ve spent two, sometimes three, days on each chapter!

One of the response prompts included in the pack from chapter two asked why the students thought education was important to Neil. This was the PERFECT time to incorporate Joanne’s (from Head Over Heels for Teaching) amazing Citing Evidence Posters! I first heard about them on her blog, and knew I HAD to get them!

We have been spending a lot of time “proving” our answers by using the text evidence, and they are loving having a variety of options of sentence starters! Here are some of their answers to the question about Neil’s education:

I’ve gotten so many awesome ideas from my bloggy friends, and TPT has rocked my teaching world, for real! The products I’ve been able to incorporate into my classroom from REAL teachers, not just publishers, have been so much more meaningful. If you’re a fellow TPT-er, I know you agree!

What ideas and products have you been loving lately? Link up and tell us!

Oh, AND I hope you’ll come back next week to share your ideas for incorporating poetry into your writing workshop! :o)