Thank you to Ruth Ayres for providing this space to share our celebrations. Please join us and share your own!
On Friday, I introduced the idea of the slice of life writing to them. Usually, I start this much earlier in the year, but this year I tried to wait. I shared my slice from this past week and talked them through how I created it. We talked about writing stories from our lives and about small moments. The idea of a small moment is a difficult one for an eleven year old, but it feels like we got it this time. I asked them to spend a few minutes walking around with their notebooks and sharing ideas for slices with classmates.
As we were creating our anchor chart with topic ideas, someone suggested, "Video games." I wondered aloud if this idea was too big and noticed a hand wildly waving in the back of the classroom. He said, "I've got it! That moment when you beat the video game!" YES!!! We tried it on our other ideas...playing football? No. That moment when you score the winning touchdown. Hearing their excitement and motivation makes me excited! I love how they want to tell good stories to each other. I can't wait for them to start sharing those slices with the world!
I celebrate the risks that sixth grade writers are taking. I celebrate the power in writing together and reading together. And I celebrate All Write Conference in June. I just registered. I can't wait!! Who else will be there?!?!