Monday, March 11, 2019

March Slice of Life Challenge Day 11: Earbuds

For the month of March, each day I am writing and posting a slice of my life, hosted by Two Writing Teachers



March Slice of Life Challenge Day 12: 
Earbuds 


Have you seen Lois Beckwith's The Dictionary of High School B.S (Zest Books, 2008)? It's a fun little book of snarky high school definitions, written to provide a bit of humor to the high school adolescent. 


Using an entry from The Dictionary of High School B.S. as my mentor text, I came up with my own entry (about something that drives me bonkers as a teacher), written from the perspective of a high school teacher:

Example entry from The Dictionary of High School B.S. 

earbuds
(n.) 1. a small, useful and lightweight device that acts like speakers to wear inside your ear so you can listen to music, audio books, or gaming anywhere. 2. a great way to easily block out any freshman drama or ignore office announcements in the hallways. 3. in some cases, a fantastic way to ignore what teachers are saying during a mini lesson - plus easy-to-hide underneath long hair or a hoodie. 4. a more subtle way to play Fortnite in class.  


This is a great mentor text for students to have fun with - the opportunity to play with topics and words and humor! 

What would your entry be about? 

6 comments:

  1. This is fantastic. Those air buds drive me nuts, too. I used to have students create a dictionary of slang modeled on Ben Johnson’s (Ithink) snarky definitions. Haven’t done that in years. Maybe it’s time to resurect it.

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  2. This was an interesting to read. Your mentor text is new to me.

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  3. I am buying this book. Thank you for the post! My favorite line - "in some cases, a fantastic way to ignore what teachers are saying during a mini lesson" - love, love love it! So true!

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  4. What an intriguing mentor text to use in class! I need to try this.

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  5. I love this as a mentor text - and earbuds are a great choice - argh! What would I choose? What would I choose? Maybe bathroom breaks? Something about the bell and how you are clearly supposed to stop working 5 minutes beforehand... possibilities loom!

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  6. I love this as a mentor text too. So clever! I definitely want to try this.

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