I’m all about redecorating my classroom this year and have a pretty good start – don’t worry, you’ll see it as soon as it’s done! One big change in my classroom is the more prominent focus on my literacy posters. After years of collaborating with some of the best teachers in my building (all thanks to LDC), I started to create posters for us to hang in our classrooms BUT they were only out during dedicated writing time. Having the same poster helps to maintain consistency between our classes (in terms of literacy) and they are visually appealing to the students (because they are so dang pretty) so why not give them a permanent space in my room? My early gift to you? A way to decorate your classroom for literacy – 5 FREE posters to print and enlarge!
*The PDF links for the posters are the titles*
Poster #1: ACE Strategy
—-> ACE is a simple strategy to use for short writing pieces – it provides a way for students to self-check and for you to easily grade with understandable feedback. I’ve selected three symbols (you could always use different ones) to use while grading – these are placed on bright colored sticky notes beside the letter on the poster. My symbols are: * for A, # (#1, #2, #3) for C, and @# (@#1, @#2, @#3) for E. From there, I explain to students that they should be able to indicate if they have answered the question (A – *), provided three clear pieces of evidence (C – #), and then explained and connected those back to the question (E – @#).
Poster #2: Argumentative Essay Format
—-> One major shift with Common Core has been the implementation of more advanced literacy skills for students including argumentative writing. This can be a challenge because most students have not been exposed to this often complex “debate style” writing. This poster provides a broad picture and guidance for the students to develop the structure of an argumentative writing piece.
Poster #3: Thesis
—-> This poster provides students with an understanding on developing an effective thesis (topic sentence, claim, etc…) for both EXPLICIT and IMPLICIT styles.
Poster #4: Counterclaim Starters
—-> The art of argumentative writing lies in effectively indicating to your reader that you are addressing a claim or counterclaim reasons. This poster provides starters for sentences that will help students to develop their claim or counterclaim reasons.
Poster #5: The Art of the Argument
—-> This is a simplified poster for students to use for developing an argumentative writing piece with claim and counterclaim reasons – sometimes students just need to know WHERE to put their information!
I hope you find some use from these posters and I would recommend laminating them for continued use. Soon, I will have an update on my classroom and how I’ve put use to these same posters!