Thursday, January 19, 2017

10 Things You Don't Know About Me List-Maker: Icebreaker and Prewriting Strategy

Take a look at any magazine display and you’ll find cover teasers that feature Top 10 Lists.

Why?  Because they’re almost impossible to resist.  

They offer quick and easy ways to:
  •       Process information,
  •       Learn about favorite topics,
  •       Keep up with trends,
  •       Gather ideas for projects,
  •       Build a knowledge base, and
  •       Have fun guessing what items might appear on each list.

What I love about having students generate their own lists (such as 10 Things You Don’t Know About Me) is that they serve as high-interest multitaskers which help students:
  • Build a positive classroom culture, 
  • Involve friends and family members in class assignments, and 
  • Create prewriting resources for essays and personal narratives.

You can learn about this strategy by watching the two-minute screencast

And be sure download the three free list-making lessons located under the video. 

Thanks to ELA Buffet and Desktop Learning Adventures for hosting this blog hop

That's it for now, so until next time…stay committed…teach with passion…and inspire students with who you are.


  1. Very cool--can't wait to check it out (love that you have a screen cast). Thanks a million for sharing!

  2. This reminded me of the dreaded teacher interview question about our greatest and weakest traits! Such a great skill for our students to learn!

  3. Love this writing activity. thanks for sharing!

  4. This really makes kids think about what defines them. I love it!

  5. This is such a great writing activity! Thank you for sharing!

  6. This is a wonderfully powerful idea! I can't wait to see what I don't know about my students!

  7. What a clever writing idea! And it's true that we LOVE top 10 lists, :) Thank you!

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