Thursday, September 18, 2014

Hello Families,

We are wrapping up another great week here in Room 205! 

We began our first official writing unit during our Writer's Workshop.  This first unit will focus on improving narrative craft (small moment stories) by studying the work of master writers.  This week we looked closely at the books, Owl Moon, The Leaving Morning, and a class favorite, The Night of the Veggie Monster.  Each of these books is a wonderful example of how writers can use details to stretch out an important moment.  After reading these books, our conversation led us to ponder the question, "How did these authors come up with their ideas?".  We learned that many authors get their ideas from everywhere - from things they hear and things they see, from books and songs and newspapers and paintings and conversations–and even from dreams.  The children also learned that many authors carry notepads to jot story ideas as they present themselves.  We decided that we could do the same thing with our Tiny Topic Notepads that came home today.  I was absolutely thrilled to see how quickly the kids began jotting ideas for stories in their notepads.  I am excited to see the kids stretch these ideas into small moment stories!

Tomorrow, Friday, September 19th, is picture day.  Please remember to send in your child's picture envelope.  If you have misplaced it, you can order online at www.mylifetouch.com.

Have a fantastic weekend!
Melanie















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