Kind: to be generous, helpful, and think about other people's feelings.
Being kind is such a simple notion. Kindness is one of the most rewarding things we humans can do, yet being kind also seems to be one of the most challenging aspects in our society today. Our students are inundated with the outrageous, the obscene, the spectacle, and the drama in almost every media outlet available to them. All too often, this information focuses more on how to roast someone, or ridicule them, than on being gracious and kind. Therefore, I spend A LOT of time focusing on kindness in my classroom. I not only try to model kindness, but I also try to sprinkle examples of kindness throughout my lessons. I embed quotes that feature kind phrases and thoughts, assign short reading assignments that highlight a random act of kindness, show a video clip that illustrates kindness in action, and even assign grammar activities that revolve around "kind" sentences.
The 2016 election and upcoming inauguration have underscored American society's need for an immediate emphasis on respect, honor, and KINDNESS. Thus, I have linked up with some amazing teachers from Secondary Smorgasbord to offer all of our amazing blog followers a set of FREE resources that focus on truth and kindness. Just follow the link at the bottom of this post to hop around and grab a plethora of great resources!
As an English teacher, I love the written word. I love seeing how my students express themselves by the way they string together their sentences. Teaching students how to use phrases and clauses to add variety, spice, and voice to their writing fills me with joy and creates an incredible sense of pride and accomplishment in my students.
I walked around the room while students were completing this activity, and the academic language flying around the room focusing on independent and dependent clauses, subordinating conjunctions and relative pronouns, adjective and adverb dependent clauses, was an awesome thing to behold! At the end of the lesson, I had the students choose which quote stood out to them the most. On the back of their Recording Sheet, students wrote down their chosen quote and reflected upon why the particular quote was memorable.
There ya have it! A quick ten-minute lesson that focuses on sentence types and gets students reflecting upon kindness. This was a complete WIN-WIN in my book. Head on over to my TpT Store to grab your own copy of this FREE resource. Don't forget to follow the link below to hop on over to some other great blogs and grab some fabulous kindness lessons.