Yesterday, I challenged my students to live like writers and listen for good lines at lunch. When they came back from lunch, one student wrote a hilarious slice of life about a mini-food fight. My favorite line, "I look up and there is a dangerous smile on her face." My favorite part of this experience is how this student was laughing while she was writing her slice. She kept cracking up. She is living like a writer. She is paying attention and using everyday experiences in her writing! I got to see the words of Robert Frost come to life in front of me!
We are currently practicing our weekly slice of life blogging while we are continuing with our poetry writing. I have more than twenty students who are participating in our poetry challenge. These students show up everyday and write and post a poem.
Next week, we are wading into the world of collaborative poetry. Inspired by Betsy Hubbard's Facebook challenge to her friends, we are having the sixth grade students write collaborative poems. It will take seven school days. The poem will travel through all of the sixth grade classes and return to the original poet. I can't wait!
There's so much inspiration to be found when surrounded by writers! I'm proud of my sixth grade writers. This poem is inspired by overheard bits of conversation. This poem is dedicated to them!
We are writers.
We write everyday.
We talk like writers.
"Figuring out what to write about it hardest thing sometimes!"
We live like writers.
"I'm going to write about what happened at lunch!"
We support each other as writers.
"I love this line!"
We show up...
That's what makes us writers!
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