Tip: List-Making

How do I do it?
Determine a selection of key ideas or vocabulary words that you would like students to explore to so that they better understand the idea or word.  You can use 15 ideas for a class of 30.  Then students will make a list for each concept or word, for example, “5 ways to end a fairytale,” “6 folktale lessons,” “15 ways to say nice,”“10 scary settings,””8 examples of hyperbole,” ”12 character traits,” “5 surprising ways to start a story,” “20 paragraph topics,””4 details from a story, ””15 main points from our text” etc.  Students can work in pairs with one list, work individually, or over time, complete all of the lists and bind them into a book or e-book, or blog.

Variations & Extensions
Students can also come up with their own list topics.  Make these lists as a class.  Post the best and most helpful lists as classroom posters.  Type, print, and laminate lists as desk or homework reference tools.  Challenge students to create visuals for each list or item on a list.  Provide clip art to help students appropriately illustrate their lists to assist language learners.

Common Core ELA Reading Standard 2
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.

Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen
Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen


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