During Writing Workshop we have been establishing the necessary structures and routines for all students to succeed. All students now have a solid understanding of what it means to navigate our workshop with independence. This means that all students are ready to take risks and to invest their thinking and energy in more challenging thinking tasks that will enable them to become stronger and independent writers!
These past weeks students dove deep into the world of Personal Narratives. In first grade we call them “Small Moment Stories”! A Small Moment is a story that was created based on something they like to do or something that has happened in their lives. For example, a sleep over, a birthday party, a visit to the doctor, etc…. Students will be invited to zoom into the moment and write a sequential story that includes a beginning, middle, and end.
Children will be encouraged to write about Small Moments that have happened in their lives. They will be invited to show their character’s actions, dialogue, and feelings. Throughout the unit, children will produce lots and lots of small moment stories in the form of books and move with independence through the writing process. They will choose their ideas and will plan their writing by sketching stories across the pages of booklets. In addition, they will repeatedly share their story with others until the story feels just right. They will revise and add details to bring their stories to life. Children will have ample opportunities to share their stories with others, to revise their thinking and writing and to make choices about their books. Since we value the idea that each child brings different understandings of how writing works we will be modifying our students’ writing goals depending on where each child is in the writing and language continua.
Most or all of your children´s written work will live in our classrooms as students will use them to self reflect throughout the unit and throughout the year!
We are very much looking forward to reading your children´s stories where they will be the main characters, the authors and the owners of their writing craft!