Design Anything, Read Everything (D.A.R.E.)

I dare you to DARE – Design Anything, Read Everything!

In relation to my previous post that was about having students to experience Download Everything And Read (D.E.A.R.), I thought of another acronym about the story writing activity that I gave my students last week. The idea is Design Anything, Read Everything or (D.A.R.E.). Students shall design or create any story that they want and then read another story on another computer and continue writing on that other story. The same process continues until the original author of the story is back on his/her computer where s/he started first. The outcome of this is a creation of a group of stories created or influenced by several authors in 20-30 minutes.

So how is it done? The assumption here is that there are enough computers for students to use. You can divide students into smaller groups. In my class of 31 students, I divided them into 4 groups of 6-7 students each group. The theme of the stories is anything that is appropriate for K-2 students. The first round starts by having students start typing their stories in 3-5 sentences. Those sentences should only consist of the beginnings of the stories and should not end right away because the stories shall be continued by another student. After the first round, the next round will have students rotate clockwise (per group) and then read the story made by the preceding author and afterwards, continue the story. The rotations end if the author is back to his/her own computer where s/he started the first story.

The 2 instructions (1 – start typing, 2 – rotate, read and type) should only be stated one at a time (to build excitement for the students). If the students only know the first instruction they wouldn’t be mindful of the story that their writing and their excitement increases as soon as you start telling them the second instruction. Note that the waiting time to rotate again increases for every round because the story is lengthened every time and students should have time to read the story before writing a continuation of it.

In my experience, students were excited about this activity. Try to look at their happy faces whenever they start reading the stories made by their classmates. Others were even laughing while continuing the stories! Isn’t this fun? 🙂

For an example of the outcome of this activity, just go to our EDUC 190 WF class blog and look for posts under the category Compositions. Feel free to comment on their posts!

What do you think of this activity? Share your thoughts by posting comments on this blog post. 🙂

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