Tip: Mine & Yours
How do I do it?
This is a great before, during, or end of unit strategy to gather information. It also works well as a pre-writing or test study activity. (1) Have students fold a piece of paper lengthwise to form two columns and write Mine at the top of the left-hand column and Yours at the top of the right-hand column; (2) Have students brainstorm a list of all the things they already know about the topic they will be studying or the text they will be reading, writing the items down in the left-hand column; (3) After they make the list, have them mingle and talk to other students about what is on their lists; (4) Have students write any new information they get from these discussions in the right hand column of their lists, along with the name of the person who gave them the information; (5)Once everyone has their own and others’s information, have the whole class discuss the information students have listed; (6) Again, have students write any new information they learn from this class discussion in the right column of their lists.
Variations & Extensions
Assign a particular number of items that they must write and gather from peers, say 3-10, depending on the age and proficiency level of students. Students can number and draw their answers in the columns. If you have digital cameras and laptops, students can collect visual information and paste it into a digital Mine/Yours template.
Common Core ELA Writing Standard 8
Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital source, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
A handy eBook, Common Core Aligned Teaching Tips for Language Learners: Writing 3rd-5th Grades, offers you lots of ideas for supporting language learners in their writing!
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