By Genia Connell Grades 1—2, 3—5, 6—8 Just write about a small moment from your life. Include enough details, but not too many.
Every word has the power to make something happen. Authors aren't struck with great story ideas, they work for them. Just like Peyton Manning had to practice to become a first class quarterback or Venus Williams had to practice before becoming a terrific tennis player, authors too must practice by looking for ideas and then trying to stretch those ideas out.
Here's some ways we help students look for ideas around them. What's on your heart? Lists An authority list: What do you know the most about?
Writing From a Word Choose a word and just begin to write everything you can from that word. This particular entry is based on writing from your name. It's an easy word to help kids get started because most of them have strong feelings good or bad!
Making a List Ten best moments, seven worst moments - Life isn't always sunshine and rainbows. Writing isn't always about happy topics. Writing is about emotions and what comes from the heart, and often those things are sad.
It's important to help kids understand that also. Observing From Your Senses It's important to really observe. Look around like a poet would. What do you see in detail, below the surface? Take your time and look around you. Think, Wonder, and Question Kids are natural questioners.
I read somewhere that the average four year old asks over questions a day, and after living with my son who won the "Curious Learner" award in his class last year! This strategy lets kids tap into that natural curiosity. There is no question too big or too small.
Share your own questions and let the kids take it from there. I'll take any chance I get to color! It gets the kids interested in what we are doing because third graders don't get to color too often and most still enjoy it.
Writing About Yourself I am beyond excited for next week because we will be writing in our writer's notebooks for the very first time. Last week we covered the notebooks but next week we will dive in and learn what can be found in a writer's notebook and begin to live a writer's life.
One of the lessons that we will do next week involves thinking about yourself and coming up with words that describe you or questions you have about yourself. I found this terrific video from the artist Will. Even if it is Sesame Street, I want the kids to pay attention to the words and how they match the characters, not the fact that Bert and Ernie are singing.
I want the kids to think about what words they would use to describe themselves if they were in the song. Here's a video of just the lyrics.
Some of the words are a little difficult to understand so it helps to see them scroll by.Use this graphic organizer to help students plan and organize a personal narrative.
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