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Students will be able to use a set of questions to interview a classmate and write their answers using complete sentences.
- Tell students that we have officially entered into a new season: spring.
- Ask students to share what they think about when they think of the spring season (i.e. blooming flowers and beautiful weather).
- Explain to students that today they are going to conduct an interview with one of their classmates where they will ask—and be asked—a variety of spring-related questions.
- Tell students that an interview is a conversation where questions are asked and answers are given.
Explicit instruction/Teacher modeling(5 minutes)
- Project the Sentence Writing: Spring worksheet onto the board.
- Tell students that these are the questions they will be using to interview their partners.
- Point out that each question begins with the start of a sentence (i.e. My favorite spring activity is ____), and their job is to complete the sentence using their partner's answers.
Guided practice/Interactive modeling(10 minutes)
- Model for students how to complete the interview process by calling on a classroom volunteer to be your partner.
- Show students how you will ask your partner if they would like to ask questions first or answer questions first.
- Begin by asking your partner the first question and writing down their answer to complete the sentence. (Tip: Write on the projected worksheet so students can see how you are completing the sentence that has already been started.)
- Continue moving through the next three questions on the worksheet and recording their answers.
- Tell students that when you are done asking your questions, then it is your partner's turn to ask you these questions.
Independent working time(20 minutes)
- Place students into pairs. (Tip: Partner students with someone they do not know very well.)
- Distribute the Sentence Writing: Spring worksheet to each student. (Optional: distribute clipboards.)
- Tell students to take turns interviewing their partner by asking them the questions on this worksheet. When they are done asking all of the questions and recording the answers, then it is their partner's turn to ask the questions.
- Allow students to select their three favorite questions to ask their partner and record the answers.
- Provide students with a recording device (such as a voice recorder or phone) to record their partner's response and write their answers at a later time.
- Have students share their interview results with one another and look for similarities in their data. Ask students needing an extra challenge to determine some general conclusions they can make about their class from this data. For example, perhaps everybody's favorite baseball team is the Oakland A's.
- Challenge students to turn their interview questions and answers into an essay.
- Project a copy of the Sentence Writing: Spring worksheet with the answers already written down. Be sure that some of the answers are written incorrectly. For example, include incomplete sentences, sentences that do not answer the question being asked, and sentences that fail to follow the format established by the sentence frames.
- Move through each question and ask students to give a thumbs up if the sentence looks correct and a thumbs down if it looks incorrect.
- Call on student volunteers to explain how you can fix the incorrect sentences.
- Continue with this process until you have read through all seven questions.
Review and closing(10 minutes)
- Call students to sit in a circle on the rug next to their partners.
- Go around in a circle and ask students to share one interesting thing they learned about their partner during this interview process.