Markers Are Better Than Crayons


March 7, 2013 by WITS Editor

headshotI was surprised to realize this past Tuesday marked my seventh week with Travis. The time really has flown by! I’ve learned so much from my shadowing of MaryScott, and unexpectedly, from the kids as well.

Here are a few things I’ve realized from my time as a WITS intern in the classroom:

1) If children guess your age, they will base it on how tall you are – and unfortunately for me, that means their guesses don’t make it past 13 years old.

2) If you ever want to get a laugh out of kids, just sing them the McDonald’s “Fish McNuggets” jingle.

3) If you want to peek into the future, just ask a 4th grader to describe their invention (Trust me, “Taylor’s Portable Flush-O-Matic” is going to be “bigger than Apple”).

And last, but not least…
4) Markers are always better than crayons.

After watching WITS writer MaryScott in action for the past two months, I finally came around to composing a lesson plan of my own. Over the course of a two week lesson (two days of class time), I plan to help the students utilize “conflict” in their stories. The first half of the lesson will focus on creating a character with a specific set of traits while the second half of the lesson is going to use one of those traits to create a conflict.

DownloadedFileI’m using comic book templates and examples of graphic novels such as Jeff Smith’s “Bone” series, Jeff Kinney’s “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” and the “Little Lit” series of comics in the lesson. The 4th grade teachers suggested that the lesson also include some exercises with scenery, particularly describing the climate and seasons in which the story will take place. I think I’ve found a neat way to incorporate scenery into the lesson without overwhelming the kids with too many tasks in the 1 hour I have with them.

The lesson kicked off this week– I’m very excited to share with you my thoughts on how it’s going next week!

Stay tuned,

WITS Intern Eriel


One thought on “Markers Are Better Than Crayons

  1. I loved what you learned from the kids. I hope you post your lesson plans.

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