*UPDATED NOV 2018* As this tweet seems to be really popular! Even though I have been using this idea since 2013.
Stolen Sentences works a treat!
Students start their own work. At some point of the lesson. Students stand up, leave their books open, take a post it note and pen, and go round and read others work! Steal some sentence ideas and go back and put them into their own work?
— Amjad Ali (@ASTsupportAAli) November 1, 2018
A Stolen Sentences template. And some Post It Notes. This idea was stolen and adapted from our English Dept.
What to do:
Hand the template sheet out to all your students after they have completed a writing task.
Students should then fill in their sheet, ready to discuss afterwards.
Or get students to leave their books open, go around the room reading each others work. Using the Post Notes provided, take some ideas down from others. Then using another Post It note, leave a thank you note.
Add the information into their work.
When reading out work, students to acknowledge who helped them out.
Use the template as a display.
Be mindful of the term Stolen- some students may find the concept difficult, where here, it is allowed, but it is not permitted in life. Use the term Borrowed maybe?