The seminar kids are writing persuasive speeches. Typed first drafts were due on Wednesday, and I tried something original. Kids were randomly paired, and then Partner A read aloud Partner B's draft while Partner B listened. Whoa: this turned out to be super powerful, since the writer was transformed into the audience. Kids grabbed their papers out of their partner's hands to revise, kids' heads were huddled close together (lice-leaping close!) as they helped each other out.
At the end of the period, I asked, "Was this activity useful?" As one, they roared, "YES!"