Ever since I heard about #TLAP (Teach Like A Pirate), by Dave Burgess, I’ve been thinking. What can I do to capture my students’ attention on day 1? Establish a relationship, learn more about them?
Well, I’d already decided to teach an Informational Text unit on Zombies, to establish how to take notes from videos and articles, to create inquiry questions and research their answers, to evaluate the validity of claims, and as a lead in to how to read graphic novels. Although we will only read part of the first chapter of The Walking Dead, by Robert Kirkman, it will be a great lead in as how to read to Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi, a graphic novel about the Iranian Revolution of the 1970s.
So, in order to get to know my students, and to set the tone for my first unit, we’ll be creating a zombie bug-out bag. Students can draw the top five most important things in their life, or write a list, which they will then describe to a partner. The partners will then introduce their fellow student to the class, and explain one thing their partner said was important and had to come, in case of a disaster. In this way, I will start to learn their names. To add to the excitement, it will at this point only be an “emergency” bag, and they won’t know what disaster has befallen our fair city. Hopefully, this activity will help me to #TLAP!