CSI: Colour, Symbol, Image

CSI is one of the more challenging  Visible Thinking Routines but it can really help students develop their understanding of a topic. The basic format is like this: Think 
of 
the 
big 
ideas 
and 
important 
themes 
in 
what
 you 
have 
just 
read, 
seen, or 
heard. Choose
 a
 COLOUR 
that
 you 
think 
best 
represents 
the 
essence 
of […]

Timelining a Character’s Life

A recent experiment for making characters come alive: creating timelines of their lives. After interviewing characters, I had a lot of specific details about who these people were and what were some of the important events in their lives. I needed some way of making sure that the chronological events of their lives made sense, […]

Creating and Interviewing Characters

To help my students develop the characters in their stories, I’ve had them focus on making characters that seem like real people. My theory is that if students can create full, well-developed characters in their minds, then when those characters encounter a problem, they will react in realistic ways. We started with collecting a bunch […]

Text to Self, Text, and World

This is a Microsoft Word template I made to help students make connections to what they are reading. It has three columns: text to self, text to text, and text to word. Each column has a short description of what that kind of connection is (“Connect what you are reading to something from your life.”) , […]