|Gotta love white-out tape for the oopsies :)|
I really like comparing stories to a roller coaster ride- you want to stay on-track the whole time (keeping a narrow focus) and you want the story to build up to an exciting point (climax), then come to a fun and complete conclusion.
For those of you who asked, I do my heading beforehand and then do the rest of the marker with the kids as we talk and I teach. After the lesson, I go over key words in Sharpie so that it sticks out. I made this on my 1/2 sheet chart paper and love the size since my walls are filling up quickly :)
It is then super-easy to conference with kids using the symbols to help. For example, one of my struggling writers was stuck on narrowing down their story to just one problem, so on the top margin, I wrote:
and he and I worked together to come up with just one problem and how it would be resolved in his story.
We are currently knee-deep in our Halloween Onomatopoeia Stories and they are so much fun to read. I love how the kids are getting so into the Halloween spirit and also using their imaginations to come up with so many more examples of sound words.
Kids first chose one card from each set: 2 characters, a situation, and an onomatopoeia:
|I put them face-down on the edge of the table so they would be surprised :)|
They then spread their cards out and, using our anchor chart to help, began drafting a story that included all four cards in some way:
We are now working on COPS editing and some kids have started to publish. They came out so cute, I can't wait to see the final copies in our hallway for the Halloween all-school parade next week :)