Bright Ideas: Just Add Color (When Making Your Next Flip Book)

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Sometimes when you have to shake things up with your students, you just have to add a splash of color!

I’ve been working with my students in preparation for the PSSA on developing their text dependent analysis essays. I taught them how to organize a strong response to a text dependent question using an outline/template: Introduction, Topic Sentence, Evidence/Proof, Analysis/Explanation, Conclusion. I decided to create a flip book to help them keep notes on each component of their response and to use for visual support. Initially, I used regular white paper but it just didn’t do it for me! I felt like the flip book was okay, but it needed something else to really grab my students.

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As simple as this activity was, it was a good change of pace for my students. They enjoyed creating the flip books. Especially because we haven’t made any in a while. I found it interesting how just adding a few colors to our activity immediately got the students excited. We use these flip books when we write our TDA essays and I find my students pulling them out and using them without me prompting them to do so. This was a good alternative to the regular templates/ graphic organizers I create. 

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