My writing class is going really well (I think). From the beginning Mrs. Laws told Taylor and me that her class needed to work on writing memoirs, so that is what we have been doing. We used previous student examples to determine things that needed to be included (detail, dialogue, facts, etc.) Students finished planning for their memoir and wrote them last week. After they were finished students highlighted the detail and dialogue they had already included and were challenged to add more detail, dialogue, similes, and metaphors. Students worked with a partner to read each others paper and then they let them know 2 things they could see or really liked from the paper and 2 things they didn’t understand or thought could be improved. Today students typed their memoirs and next week I hope to finish up with their photographs and reflective poems!
planning and organizing
The Road to Woodstock
wrangling with Jimi Hendrix’s
Jim Morrison passed
Moody Blues pulled out
John Lennon couldn’t
“We were in panic mode”
to jog his memory
“something we’ll work on until it happens or it doesn’t”
Lang is savoring the fesival’s
dark moment in America
And along came Woodstock, this moment of hope.
That is how I see
Alarm clock going off at 5:15 AM…Check
Throw on clothes (forget the make up and hair)…Check
Drive three blocks…Check
Thaw out ice cube hands over the grill…Check
Get the money draw…Check
Turn on the rest of the lights…Check
Pour Bobby another cup of coffee (because he gets here at 5:00)…Check
Fill up the sugars…Check
Fill up the creamers…Check
Vacuum and sweep (if they didn’t finish last night)…Check
Start a pot of decaf….Check
Unlock the door…Check
Speak to people… give me 5 more minutes
It’s like magic
Everything is blank and suddenly everything appears
It changes empty paper into stories, books, cards, journals
It is working its magic as we speak….or as I write
Click on “I am” to view the poems…
Possible Story Topics:
– an art project
– a fight with a sibling
– a funny time with a sibling/friend
– a holiday tradition
– a tradition
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