Brainstorming Exercise

Brainstorming Exercise

Informational Writing

Opening

Write a brief response to this question.

  • What do you know about informational writing?

Open Notebook

Share your knowledge with the class.

Benchmark (Cold Write): Informational

Work Time

Now you will write your informational piece. Remember that an informational piece is a text that gives facts and information about a topic. It can also be writing that explains something.

You will have 20 minutes to write your informational piece.

  • Write a brief informational piece in response to the prompt.

Self-Portrait Brainstorm

Work Time

Complete a Quick Write.

  • Brainstorm as many things as you can about yourself that you want to be absolutely sure you communicate in your self-portrait.

Open Notebook

Artifacts Brainstorm

Work Time

Complete another brainstorm.

  • List the types of artifacts you could include in your self-portrait and the types of artifacts you have already started to collect.

Open Notebook

Share some of your responses with your classmates.

Self-Portrait Outline

Work Time

Review the Self-Portrait Outline with your teacher. Make sure that you understand what each part is asking for and that you bring up any questions you have.

  • Use the Self-Portrait Brainstormer and the journal writing you have done so far to help you complete the Self-Portrait Outline. You will be able to adjust this outline later if you need to, but try to make it as thorough as possible now.

Self-Portrait Outline Reflection

Closing

Complete a Quick Write.

  • What became clearer as you created your Self-Portrait Outline?
  • What became more confusing?

Open Notebook

Self-Portrait Checklist

Homework

Now that you have created your Self-Portrait Outline, you can really get to work on collecting your artifacts.

  • Take some time to complete the Self-Portrait Checklist. You will be responsible for moving through this checklist on your own time, collecting artifacts and problem solving when you run into difficulty.