|Our class creating the original size of the American Flag.|
|The students discussed which of these visuals represented the setting.|
Finally the day arrived and there was a buzz in fifth grade a few days before. You could hear them talking about it at lunch and during their writing time. It really brought our fifth grade classes together as a community of authors and readers. As you can see below on the left was a slide show that Kate sent to us to support her talk and on the right is Kate talking to our students.
There were so many ideas I LOVED as she talked to the students. I felt like I was at a workshop for teachers on how to actively engage your students as writers. Some key focus points included:
*always have a writer's notebook with you because there is a story everywhere
*graphic organizers are a great way to organize your writing
*whenever possible, try to research your writing and take the time to ask questions
*write about what you know
*revision is not about editing (LOVE this message)
*as a writer ask yourself: What if?
*BE a READER!!
Thank you Kate Messner for a wonderful conversation that encouraged both our students as well as the teachers. PS. Our students are sitting on pins and needles waiting for the next book: Hide and Seek!!!