Students in Lower Elementary have been studying creative writing this semester, and they’ve recently begun producing Writer’s Workshop books. For these books, students are allowed to choose from various kinds of paper, some with more space for writing than drawing, and others with more space for drawing than writing. Students have practiced telling stories through words only, through pictures only, and of course, through the combination of both.
After students produce a first draft of a story, they submit it to a teacher, who adds editing marks. The stories are then returned to the students so they can make the suggested corrections, and then the students are encouraged to share their stories with the rest of the class! During a warm (but windy) afternoon recently, the whole class gathered in the outdoor classroom for a sharing session. Everybody appreciated and enjoyed hearing about their classmates’ characters and the adventures (and cliffhangers) that they find themselves in!