The following are writing prompts and discussion topics about the importance of words.
1. If you are trying to get your friend to play ball, which one of these sentences is giving a clearer direction? Why? How are the two sentences alike? How are they different?
“Are you ready to play ball with me?”
“It’s time for us to play ball now.”
2. If you are trying to get your friend to go to the park with you, which one of these sentences is more clear about what you want? Why? How are the two sentences alike? How are they different?
“Let’s go to the park.”
“Let’s go to the park, OK?”
Your friend says, “Will you meet up with me on the playground?” You say, “Yes.”
You get to playing with other people on the playground and don’t meet up with your friend.
Why do you think some would say your “yes” was a “crooked no” instead of a true yes?
Teachers, you can use this blog in classrooms. Here are two ideas about how.
- For middle or high school parenting or child development courses:
- Use the blog for discussion topics
- Require students to research the topics and agree or disagree with what the blog is suggesting.
- For all courses, especially English Language Arts:
- Use the blog for writing prompts for paragraphs, theme papers, journal entries, class starters, etc. Have students read the blog and respond to:
- Do you agree with what is being said about kids? Do kids really act, think or feel that way?
- Do you agree with what is being said about parents, grandparents, teachers and child caregivers? Do or should they act, think or feel that way?
- What would be your advice on this topic?
- What was left out of this article?
- If you were a parent, would you use any of this information? How?
Why can this blog be a useful teaching tool?
- Students that see connections between their coursework and their lives do better in school.
- Most students will either be parents one day or have children in their lives that they care about, so the topical information can help them build their knowledge about children and parenting and develop a positive image of the type of parenting they want to do.
- The new core literacy standards adopted by most states call for frequent writing in all courses.
- Newly developed end-of-course assessments to be used by many states will require that students demonstrate that they can think critically. These prompts help students practice critical thinking.
- Newly developed end-of-course assessments to be used by many states will require that students demonstrate that they can analyze what they read. These prompts help students practice analysis.