We are participating in a modified way in the Two Writing Teachers' Classroom Challenge. Since my students don't have individual blogs, they are writing a slice every day in their writer's notebooks. Several times a week I will select a few to post here, on our classroom blog, to link up with other classroom slicers. We are writing memoirs this month, so many students are writing about memories. I gave them a choice, though, so some slices are about other topics. We'd love for you to comment on any or all the slices I scanned and posted. I hope you can read them okay. I'm slicing, too, right along with my students, on my own blog: http://hollymueller.blogspot.com/
This week I have used several mentor texts. These are picture books I have used for years to teach memoirs because they are pretty much perfect.
And a new one!
I asked my fifth graders to write memories about someone older than they are, a place they love, and an animal story. We also noticed an author's craft, so there are writing techniques that show up in their writing that they are trying out - figurative language, repetition, reflection, etc. I love that many of them are coming to me saying they only set out to write half a page in their notebooks (the requirement), but they end up writing much more. Writing is POWERFUL!
Write about someone older than you:
Write about your favorite place:
Write about an animal story:
We'd love for you to comment! Come back in a day or two for more slices from these talented young writers!