In our daily Writing Workshop period, we are busily working on Small Moments.
Small moments are the big and small stories of our lives, and, unlike fiction, these stories have really happened to us. We’ve all lived memorable moments which carry a powerful story within, just waiting to be told. Small moments have big meaning for the person who has experienced them.
Now is the time for the Second Graders to ponder their own unforgettable moments, and work on clearly communicating their stories, crafting them into well-structured texts which will delight readers.
We will be learning from master writers such as Jane Yolen, author of Owl Moon, and Angela Johnson, author of The Leaving Morning. The children are learning that these two writers didn’t just come up with an idea in a moment or two and then quickly write out a perfect story. On the contrary, they carefully thought out their stories – – just what we are doing in writing workshop.
Writing takes time, and a lot of thought and consideration. You can help your child by helping him or her express to you the memorable moments in his or her life. Small moments are not a list of morning-to-night activities. Small moments are based on breath-taking views, a thrilling roller coaster ride, a gorgeous butterfly that landed on your hand, the first time you lost a tooth – – those special moments that make a person happy to be alive. Ask your child about those moments – – why were they so important? What did they feel like? look like? taste like? sound like? What were you wearing and what were you thinking? Ask for details, details and more details, which master writers regale their readers, allowing readers to experience the moment just as the author has.
All writers need to (and all people should) contemplate the content of their own lives in order to bring greater meaning to it – – and we hope to do just that in our small moments unit!
The Second Grade Team