The 11 Minute Essay By Gretchen Bernabie presented

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The 11 Minute Essay By Gretchen Bernabie presented by Mindy De La Rosa, ELA

The 11 Minute Essay By Gretchen Bernabie presented by Mindy De La Rosa, ELA Academic Coach

Begin with Truisms • A Statement, the truth of which is well known or

Begin with Truisms • A Statement, the truth of which is well known or obvious • Look at the photo. • Read the “truism”. Think about what it says for 1 minute. • Now, indent and write the statement on the top line of your paper. • Write for 1 minute about that statement. (What does it People invent ways to solve life’s mean to you) problems.

People invent ways to solve life’s problems.

People invent ways to solve life’s problems.

Indent and skip a line. Think of a story or book you have read

Indent and skip a line. Think of a story or book you have read that relates to that statement. Write about it for 3 minutes.

Skip a line and indent. Now think of a movie you have seen that

Skip a line and indent. Now think of a movie you have seen that illustrates the above truism. Write about it for 3 minutes.

Skip a line and indent. Think of an historical figure or event that illustrates

Skip a line and indent. Think of an historical figure or event that illustrates or explains the truism. Write about it for 3 minutes.

That’s why… Skip a line and indent. Begin your last sentence with “That’s why…”

That’s why… Skip a line and indent. Begin your last sentence with “That’s why…” or “I wonder” as you think about a final thought for the truism. I wonder…

Count all the words you have written. Put the number at the top of

Count all the words you have written. Put the number at the top of your paper.

Personal Experience

Personal Experience

Classroom Sample – This is after the 3 rd time we had done this

Classroom Sample – This is after the 3 rd time we had done this strategy. Knowledge leads to knew opportunities. • I did not give them a photo to look at this time because one of my students said that the photo confused him. • I used the first truism I just showed you. • The second one I used was: First impressions can sometimes be misleading

Application to EOC English I

Application to EOC English I

Application to EOC English II

Application to EOC English II

Spring 2014 Eng. II – Before Strategy

Spring 2014 Eng. II – Before Strategy

Spring 2014 Eng. II – Before Strategy

Spring 2014 Eng. II – Before Strategy

AFTER Strategy

AFTER Strategy

AFTER Strategy

AFTER Strategy

What effect does this strategy have on our students’ writing? • Helps build student

What effect does this strategy have on our students’ writing? • Helps build student confidence • Willingness to write more on several topics • Organization is evident where there was none before. • Excitement about writing, instead of dread. Do I have to do it exactly like this? Of course not, but if you do it like this, I know it works. My recommendation is that if you follow Gretchen’s instructions exactly, then you will get the results we need for successful writing.