As our unit came to an end, I taught the routine of "Headlines" and found student insights to be revealing and refreshing. In retrospect, many of their understandings are topical versus overarching, but I am incredibly pleased with the depth of thinking.
One piece that I added to the routine was for students to write their complete thought on the back of the headline, so that I understand the thinking behind the idea. Their discussions were priceless.
"No Moral, No Story" - Kaia and Sophie
"A story worth reading is something that has a juicy great theme. Without a good theme or any theme a good story is never fully complete; Even if you think it is done, it is not. I think a good theme makes a story come together." - Siri and Marisa
"Organize like a Perfectionist. " - Caroline and Trevor
"A story worth reading has humor with old spice and intelligence." - Henry and Elijah
"A good story worth reading has a plot. A plot makes up a story line. A plot gives you the characters, the setting, and the problem/solution. Without a plot, the smoothie wouldn't have the berries, the orange juice would have no oranges, and the crayons would have no color. Obviously, a good story worth reading has a plot." - Chloe and Ainsley
"Crazy for Characters." - Tyton and Ana
"Entertain with Happiness" - Will and Calvin
I plan to use the "Headlines" routine at the end of each unit. I love it as an assessment that helps us determine and wrap up what was most important to us.