After hearing that the fourth graders were having fun writing headlines, the fifth grade students wanted in, too! So to share the love, the fifth grade students have started writing headlines for chapters in their novel study. Fortunately, the fifth grade students are able to look at the fourth grade students' work and gain a better understanding of what a headline does. I think the opportunity to look at other students' work is a great example of the value of making thinking visible. While I can explain headlines to the students, they will not truly understand until they see examples and practice on their own.
The fourth grade students have really enjoyed writing headlines as a part of their novel studies. When we first began writing headlines a few weeks ago, students struggled to write statements that both captured the main idea and were entertaining. The students have really grown in their understanding and creativity and now look forward to writing headlines. Now, without hesitation, students are excited to share their thinking and justify why their headline encompasses the essence of each chapter.
We even have a few headlines from novels that students are reading on their own!
To assist in reading comprehension and identifying the main idea, students have started writing a headline for each chapter in the novel study. The goal of these headlines is to determine whether or not the student captured the essence of the chapter. This is a great activity to use at the start of each lesson to gauge each student's understanding and determine whether there are any misconceptions or misunderstandings that need to be addressed before moving on to the next chapter.
Of course, every time a headline is shared, we ask: what makes you say that?