This week we started writing workshop. Students learned about the watermelon and seed moments. When thinking about a small moment (seed moment) I tell the students to think about a big watermelon (the big moment).We try to help them think about which moment they want to write about. This helps the students to get away from a bed to bed story. That means when a student writes: I got in the car, we went to the airport, got on the plane landed. Then we went to Disney world and took a plane home. We missed the whole moment about Disney or the plane ride. For example, maybe the big moment is a soccer game. At the soccer game lots of things happened: you drove to and from the game, got a goal, saw your family, fell down, missed the net, kicked the ball, got a goal, won the game. These are all the "seeds" and we are trying to help students "explode the moment" and give lots of details about a particular "seed" moment. We help the student to think about the events that led up to that moment, how they were feeling, and what they did. Using lots of details the student is able to write a story about "Getting a goal". This month we will be focusing on thinking about lots of big moments that are important in our lives. Then we will begin to write small moments in personal narrative form. It is a lot easier for students to write about what they already know and what they have experienced in their lives. Sometimes the best stories come from everyday moments.
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