Writing Five Line Themes
Many teachers say they have problems getting students to write. Sometimes students have difficulties coming up with ideas. I tell my students to write about what they know. I find that when they do, their writing is the best because they have made a personal connection. I give my students "5 Line Themes" at the beginning of the class period. On an overhead, I tell students to write five lines using a word I chose as the subject. Then, I list five words such as "imagination," "success," "failure," "responsibility," and "video." The words do not need any connection with each other. After giving the students a few minutes to write, I ask them to share.