Tuesday, September 27th

Session 3: Writing From Moments That Really Matter

Connection:

Try to remember what we learned about using a map showing a special place to inspire us as writers.

Popcorn Share: Share a snapshot of your map with your group and what you decided to write about.

Our real goal is to write compelling stories, to write a lot, to make each story better than the day before, and work towards our goals.

Teaching Point:

One strategy you can use to write powerful stories would be to focus on moments that really mattered– a first time or last time a moment when you realized or learned something important about yourself, other people, and life.

Mini-Lesson:

Add these idea for generating narrative writing ideas to your mini-lesson notes:

  • Think of first times or last times you did something and focus on a small moment
  • Think of moments that really mattered because you realized or learned something and focus on that particular moment

Today we will use another strategy called the Quick List.

Teacher Example: 
  • Mrs. Macfadden was frantic and overwhelmed trying to fix a mistake, and mom’s reaction was a complete surprised. What did I come to realize?
Active Engagement:
Make a Quick List with three categories.
Add three columns:  First Times, Last Times, and Times I Realized Something 

 

Link/Writing Task:

  • Continue creating your Quick List
  • Write a personal narrative about something from that list
  • Make it powerful– one “episode” with detail (not a summary over a stretch of time)
  • Have readers picture the episode with a small action and exact dialogue
Share/Wrap Up:
  • Remember to give the tiniest details! Trust your gut! Your homework is to finish the entry you began in class about a first time or last time a moment when you realized or learned something important about yourself, other people, and life.
  • Think about your writing style… what makes your writing YOU?
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