I came home from #ncte17 full of ideas, but one common theme from the weekend was…..farts. In my first session about engaging boy readers and writers, Jon Sciezka gleefully told us that he loved fart jokes and writing about silly things. Then, I stood in line to a get a book for my 8 year old–The Unflushables–and discovered it was exploding (sorry) with fart jokes. Later I thumbed through Ralph Fletcher’s Joy Write and there on page 61? Farts. When I got home Monday, I saw this tweet pop up on twitter:
Either I was slap-happy from the weekend or the universe was trying to tell me something. I was working on a research reading lesson with a ninth grade teacher and this FART annotation thing seemed like just what we needed.
One of the biggest impediments to students embracing research reading and writing is that we don’t give them a way in–an on-ramp. It seems so daunting, so intimidating, that many turn away before they even start.
Perhaps a F.A.R.T. strategy would be silly enough to be an on-ramp.