Saturday, December 4, 2010
Published Authors on Story Kit
Story one is an amazing story because she is wonderful writer to start with but the iPod allowed her such creativity with the illustrations both hand drawn and copied off the internet. When she talked about her story, she loved the connection with Sherlock Holmes and creativity of the pig. Her story had amazing connections with our class read aloud Donavan's Word Jar and connections with our Life Science unit.
Story two is a creative fantasy story, and the setting was perfect since it was Halloween. Story two's author does not really enjoy writing, and I would have to say he is hesitant at best to write a story. However, the iPod has unlocked writing for him. I allowed him to compose the entire story on his iPod that was a HUGE release for me, but I was anxious to see if it would make a difference and it certainly did. The coolest part for me is the wide variety of figurative language. He used similes, idioms, alliteration, and onomatopoeia all of which had been the focus in our word study and poetry Friday. His choice of vocabulary was also impressive because he used the online thesaurus to help him with his choice of words. When we had his final writing conference, he was happiest about how he took a regular fish and changed him into a frightening, freaky, fat scuba diver. Sometimes as a teacher you just have to throw in your bait and see what you catch. This time I got a whopper of a good story.