I feel like Bob Ross today with my “happy accidents.” You could imagine my excitement when I was so easily able to turn the run-of-the-mill, 1 page essay assignment I had planned for my class, into a chance for them to really stretch their multigenre legs. Our topic for today was Cell Communication. For all of my not-so-sciencey readers, this topics dives into the cell membrane and looks at neurotransmitters and hormones, and exactly how does each cell in your body send signals to one another! Woo! If that doesn’t get your blood pumping, then you may be reading the wrong post. If it does, stay tuned, it’s about to get better.
Of course along with cell communication, we talk about what happens when cells don’t communicate properly, or fail to do so at all. So what’s the worst thing that could happen? Well I could give you a long list of diseases and disorders that can occur, but why not let these obituaries do the explaining for me. That’s right. My sophomores spent the wee hours of the school day writing obituaries. And they loved it!
In my complete and unabashedly biased opinion, I think these turned out so awesome.
Not only were my students able to take the concept and run with it. I saw and heard them sharing with their friends, laughing at what each other had written, sharing ideas, and, wait for it, RESEARCHING information to see what all they could fit into their obituary. They took what I would have had them do in a rather boring, straightforward essay, and turned it into something informational, that’s actually fun to read. And, I dare say, they enjoyed writing it! Overall a major success for my students, myself, and our adventures in multigenre-land.