We are continuing to write Small Moment stories in Writer’s Workshop. As we began the week, we wrapped up our learning learning about what makes a story easy to read. They learned that in order to write stories that are easy to read, they need to write 5 star sentences. 5 Star sentences are include…
Then, they each got a specific job to work on to make sure they are writing our best 5 star sentences. They will keep their writing goals for the next few weeks and then, if they are making progress in their goal area, we will switch to a different writing goal. Each day, as they go off to write, we check in and remember what our writing goal is to make sure we are focusing on that as we write. They have a bookmark to help them remember their goal.
We also focused on our small moment story. When we are writing our stories, it is easy to list off a bunch of things we did. We might end up with stories that sound like this….
“This weekend I went to the mall with my mom. We got some clothes. Then we went to Subway and got a sandwich. Next we went home and watched a movie. I hope we can do that again!”
We have been calling this a watermelon story. A watermelon story is a big story (many moments). In Writer’s Workshop, we want to write tiny seed stories. These stories are small, zoomed in stories. Like seeds in a watermelon, there are small stories inside of big stories.
Looking at the example story, we could write a seed story of going to the mall. We could also write a story about getting our sandwich from Subway or watching a movie at home. We want to focus on one moment in time, and write lots of details about that one time.
We will continue to work on this next week. Way to go First Graders!!