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Watch in amazement as Andrea Schindler’s inner city, San Bernardino, California kindergarteners demonstrate all the steps necessary for them to produce five paragraph, college style essays. You’ll learn about college talk, baby talk, mirror words, air punctuation, the because clapper and the astonishing powers of the Triple Whammy sentence. For more information and to access 100s of pages of free downloads go to WholeBrainTeaching.com.

whole-brain teaching writing is the systematic approach for teaching students the basic structures of college-level writing in as early as kindergarten we start out by asking the students to answer questions using a complete sentence which we call college talk and we explain to the students that when they were babies they may have used one or two words or short phrases to answer questions but that now that they're in kindergarten they're ready to speak in full complete sentences and use their college talk when you start out you're going to want to scaffold this for your students by providing them a sentence frame for example if the question is what is your favorite pet you would provide them the sentence frame my favorite pet is in this next video you'll see a student who's using their college talk once students are good at using college talk there are two cues you can use to prompt a college talk complete sentence one is a visual cue with the hand behind the ear like this that tells the student that we're listening for a complete sentence the other is the verbal prompt which is college talk please in this next video you'll see both of these strategies used what's your favorite food let's give them a ten thing or rolling woo once your students have mastered college talk and using complete sentences for their answers they're ready to work on their speaking skills in this next video you will see the student get up in front of the class to give their complete sentence answer the student begins by calling the class using the class yes the student then says mirrors please which props the rest of the class to follow along mirroring the gestures of the speaker some of the gestures that this is using our gestures that help us to remember the basic rules of sentences some of these gestures are this gesture which means that a sentence begins with a capital and this gesture and sound effect hurt which means to put a period at the end of the sentence all right let's give him a ten finger April once your students have mastered giving their college talk answers in front of the class they are ready for college graduate talk we explain to the students that college graduates have to back up their answers with supporting details the easiest transition for this is to have the students use the word because in their sentence we teach the students that any time they hear the word because they're going to use what we call the because clapper we clap when we hear the word because because we know the student is backing up their answer and giving it a supporting detail all right let's give him ten finger may once the students have mastered college graduate talk they're ready for advanced level college graduate talk advanced college students have to back up their answers with more than one detail we use this gesture which means tell me more and the easiest way for students to add another detail is by using the word and in their sentence in this next video you will see the student using their advanced college graduate talk all right let's give him a ten finger gob already once your students have mastered the advanced level college graduate talk they're ready for the genius level triple whammy sentence a triple whammy sentence is a topic with three supporting details in this next video the student will be teaching the class their answer using a triple whammy sentence a new gesture and sound effect is the zoop which means to insert a comma all right hold up your fingers and let's give him a ten finger jingle-jingle you will want your students to practice speaking triple-whammy sentences as often as possible the triple whammy is the key to unlocking the basic structure of college-level writing these next videos are several students using their speaking skills and speaking complete triple whammy sentences and the winter I juggle ice Cavey I can't build a snowman and I know no more all right class yeah hold up your hands and let's give them a kiss I can't a sand castle and all right class let's give him a rolling ten finger all right let's give her a ten finger with the lightning sizzle are you ready all right class yeah let's give her a 13 finger will let's 1310 here we go right hold up your fingers and let's give her a spooky ten finger I slice class yeah let's give him a ten finger Happy New Year cheery hold up your horns and all right let's give her a Christmas jingle ready ten finger jingle all right hold up your gobblers and give them a ten finger gobble gobble gobble once your students have mastered the triple whammy sentence it's time to put it in writing having your students practice writing triple whammy sentences will prepare them for the next step which is triple whammy paragraph writing in these next videos you will see several students reading their triple whammy paragraphs which started from the triple whammy sentence in the sauce free it is warm I can splash in puddles and I wear when I went up it is warm I splash in a big hole I wear my yellow boots in the summer it is hot I can go to the beach and I wear a t-shirt when when it is hot I can go to the beach that way I can build a sand castle with my mom and my dad at the beach and my teacher my t-shirt is beautiful I can pop a window I am I wear a t-shirt when I would it is warm I carve a pumpkin I carve a soft pumpkin my patient is colorful and now the big finale once your students are able to write triple-whammy paragraphs they're ready for the next step which is the five paragraph triple-whammy essay in these next videos you'll see several students reading their five paragraph triple-whammy essays which follow the basic structure of a college-level essay and all of this began with the triple whammy sentence that live in the four forests are a dear and oh and a vast eight dear lives in the forest a deal has adler's it has one firm and ll lives the in the forest and owl has feathers it hunts animals at night a bat lips in the first eight that has wings a pet has sharp teeth a deer al and a that live in the forest animals in the forest are awesome three animals that live on the farm are a sheep a duck and a chicken hey sheep lives on the farm a sheep have white fur a duck lives on the farm Hey duck has some feathers a duck has a bill hey chicken lives on a front a chicken has feathers hey chicken lays eggs a sheep egg duck and a chicken live on the farm animals on the farm are three out of that lid doesn't ought a snake and coyotes can aim else a snake Liz and the Dozen eight snake have scales a snake is a red tail Hey coyote listen that's a coyote have one for a coyote eat desert Mike a mouse live in the desert a mouse have a skinny tail a desert mouse has big ears a snake a coyote and a mouse with in the visit and Lestat with in the pivot are awesome three animals that live in the ocean are a whale a dolphin and a seahorse a loyalist in the ocean a whale has two flippers a whale has a long body a dolphin and ocean a dolphin has a long tail fin a dolphin has two flippers a sea of course this and ocean a sea horse is swims fast a seahorse has a curly tail a whale in a way you a dolphin and a seahorse allness in the ocean they are cool three three animals that live on the farm are a pig a tail and a horse a kitten is on a pigs is ready it is a cow on a farm a cow is black and white they have a red turn a horse moves on a farm it has a big tail it has a long tongue ate a cow and a horse lista farm animals that live on Stefan are terrific three animals that live in the savanna are a nine a zebra and a a nine Yin lips and Susanna a lion has fluffy fur a lion is dangerous a zebra lips and the Savannah a zebra has stripes a zebra is a mammal a hippo rigs and the sedan a hippo it is a mammal a a lion a zebra and a hippo who live in la Savannah the animals and the Savannah are awesome earth-three anima that live in the rainforests are a butterfly a monkey and a snake a butterfly lives in the rain from a butterfly has and blue wings a butterfly can play a monkey lives end up rainforests a monkey can swing in the trees a monkey has a lot of work a snake lives in the rainforest a snake has sharp teeth he has green scales a butterfly a monkey and a snake lives in the rainforest animals in the rainforest are fun as you can see the key to unlocking the basic structure of a college-level essay is the triple whammy sentence the triple whammy sentence can easily be extended into a paragraph or even a five paragraph essay if kindergartners can do it anyone can do it