One pagers make sense at any time of the year, but especially now | Mentoring in the Middle

One pagers make sense at any time of the year, but especially now

Students working on one pagers
I wish I had known about one-pagers when I did this project with my students.  

Don't get me wrong, it was fun for them!
a pile of dodecahedron projects waiting to be graded; one-pagers would have been so much easier
It was just a pain to grade them!   😝

Kids loved looking at them when they were hanging up in the hallway, although I did have to move a bunch of them because they blocked the security cameras!

Why try one-pagers?
One-pagers are sometimes called Sketchnotes, and although they're short and sweet, they require a lot of deep thinking.  

You can understand why something like a one-pager, which gets at the same level of comprehension, might make sense, especially at this time of the year.
  • They capture the same amount of critical content as any other book project
  • Students have to show understanding of what they've read
  • They require students to think deeply about parts of the book
  • They require students to show key points, quotes, questions, and visuals
  • They're full of color 
  • They need to fill in the entire page
  • They can be made digitally or on paper
  • The paper ones make a great bulletin board
What could you require in a one pager?
  1. The title of the book and the author
  3. Themes
  4. Main ideas and details
  5. Characters
  6. Character development
  7. Plot summary
  8. Plot development
  9. Vocabulary
  10. Text connections
  11. Recommendation
The list could go on and on, but you get the idea.  These are similar to many of the book projects you assign students.

Starting Off

You want to have a lot of directions in the beginning, so that students know what you're looking for.  Remind them that you're not the Art teacher, so you will not be grading them on their artistry.

Rather than giving them a blank piece of paper, divide it into sections and let them fill it in.  Or have them write what you want to see in each section.

You can click here for some for some free templates.

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