What is relevant to a sixth grader?

4 Nov

I have been so excited to have met a smattering of senior English teachers over the past few years who work with their seniors on resumes and college application essays. Senior English teachers, in some ways, you have it so good because you can tell your kids – “These essays will turn into dollars for you if you do them well!” – and that will be true. And there’s so much great stuff out there – check out today’s post from the Learning Network or this weekend’s article in “Education Life” on admissions videos to help kids see what’s being created for this genre. 

Now, how do we do that for 11th graders? or 6th graders? I mean, do those guys even know what they like? I’m kidding, of course, but with seniors, life outside of school is so about to happen that they can be pretty well convinced that they’d better get their acts together. Sixth graders? Not so much. So how do we make what we read and write relevant to them? 

It’s time for some comments, folks. Really, what do you do? Any success stories out there to share?

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