On 9/29/14, K/MA wrote:
> For the past several years I have started Writing Workshop
> by having the kids write in journals about something that
> really happened to them. We do small moment stories and
> talk about picking one part etc. I usually do this for a few
> months, then we do personal narratives with a
> beginning/middle/end and then move into other genres-
> research, poetry, letter writing and persuasive.
> My kids just LOVE the other genres and most are kind of
> blah about writing yet another story of something that
> happened to them. I think part of it is just that we spend so
> much time on this one genre.
> I was thinking about starting the year with "Writer's
> Notebooks" instead of journals, and exposing the kids to
> different genres even at the beginning of the year. For
> example, when teaching labels, the kids could label a
> picture of something that happened to them, and then later
> that week label a picture of a pumpkin after we read a
> nonfiction books about pumpkins. Something like that.
> Does anyone do anything like this? I'm just trying to figure
> out if it's a good idea, if it would increase writing
> motivation, if it can be organized in a logical way...