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Transcript of How Writer'sWrite
Ms. Southerland's Writer Workshop
Day Three: Writers Write About Life Lessons
Writers often write about real emotions and life lessons. They reflect on experiences in their lives and wisdom gained. In turn they often share that learning in their writing in various genres.
Mentor Text: Pheonix Farm (fantasy story)
Twelve Impossible Things Before Breakfast by Jane Yolen
Today's goal: we will think about how writers write about powerful emotion and life lessons.
Day Two: Writers Write to Remember
Writers write about meaningful or intersting past experiences in powerful ways.
Writers know ourselves by the stories we tell about ourselves, I you can't remember a story then who are you? (Jane Yolen p.192)
The Cherry Tree Buck by Robin Moore (pp. 95-97 and 102-104)
Two vocabulary words to define:
Let's pay attention to two things while we read:
The language the author uses.
Think of any connections to the story that may bring back a good memory.
"Silver Lake Trout"
What does the word "spangling" mean?(use the context clues to define the word,
What does the lake look like? Does the author give you clues that describe the lake?
During the Read
What clues does the author offer for this definition?
What do you think granpa is planning to do? (think-pair-share)
What does the word "slyly mean?
What kind of figuarive language does the author use?
What are your clues?
After the Reading:
why did Robin write this story?
Do you think this story is completely true? Which parts aren't?
Day One: What type of Writer Are You?
Reasons writer's write:
to remember personal experiences
to communicate an idea or feeling
to explore passions or inspirations
to share what have learned
to relate to other people
As the story unfolds:
think about some the common feelings and emotions these characters go through.
are there any life lessons to be learned?
After the Read
Why does the character change their feelings?
What does this quote mean:
"Sometimes it's better to rise up out the ashes singing."
What does this mean?
How does this capture the life lesson?
In order to be a good writer , one must write, write, write! However, sometime we struggle over what to write and how to fill up the pages a Writer's Notebook. The Writer's Notebook is a tool to gather your thinking, wonderings, memories, idea, and so much more.
Using your Writer's notebook explain the Quote from the story "Pheonix Farm":
"Sometimes it's better to rise up out of the ashes singing"
Explain how this quote is a lesson in life?
Day Four: the Power of Writing
We will explore how writers make a connection to their readers by sharing powerful stories, emotions, and common experiences that readers can relate to.
"We write not just to communicate, but to understand ourselves and the world. Your feelings and observations may be very personal or ordinary, but they become interesting to others when shared."
author of: This Just to Say So
Today we are going to read some apology poems from This Is Just to Say. As we read the poems think about:
What is the content of the poem- What is it about?
What is the purpose of the poem-why did the the writer create it?
During the Read
"It Was Quiet" by Tenzin (p.20)
"Losing Einstien" by Mr. Johnson (p.38)
"Balance" by Jose (p. 16) and "I'm Telling You Now" (p. 34 the dad's response)
Using the white boards, create a list of topics that are difficult to talk about.
No matter the genre, writers paint pictures with words by using figurative language and vivid descriptions. These are powerful crafting techniquess across all genres.
Day 5: Writers paint pictures with words
In his interview in the "The Wand and Word" the author asked the question: "What do you tell children who want to write?" (p.74)
As your listening to the story "Jimi: Sounds lLike a Rainbow"
Using the chart in your notebook list the different figurative language the author uses in the book.
The author is using his senses to describe the actions in the story:
Sight= "rain trickling off the roof"
Sound= plinking in to metal gutter"
Touch = breeze rippled the glass chimes"
Where would we place these phrases in our chart?
What type of figurative language does Gary use to describe the sounds Jimi heard around him?
What type of figurative language does the author use to describe the sounds of the rocks as they are tossed in the water?
what types of figurative language did you collect?
I'm going to divide you into new groups:
Using the chart paper discuss:
What should writer's workshop look like?
What should it sound like?
What should it feel like?
Generating Ideas I: Relationships
Writers write about what is important to them. Their stories may reveal ho a relationship was strenghtened or weakened.
Think about the narrator's relationship with his grandfather. How did this relationship inspire Robin Moore's stories?
Silver Lake Trout
Why do you think writers write about painful memories or relationships?
This is Just to Say...
Using your writer's notebook write two paragraphs anwering these questions:
Who is someone close to you and what is an event that brought you close to that person?
What is an event that may have caused a problem in the relationship?
You may include pictures or artifacts in your notebook.
Today's reading comes from pages 5, 14 and 15. What was Jimi's dream?
In the first story Jimi Hendrix who was passionate artist and musician as a child. Jimi Pursued his love of music and desire to be a musician.
"The reason I always enjoyed reading about the lives of artists (like Vincent van Gogh) was because I wanted to know how to become an artist, and how other people had done it. By writing books about great artist, I've tried to lay out some maps for young people interest in the arts, and to show how the arts can make for a richer life."
In your Writers Notebook
Create a list entitled: My Interest and Passions List.
Create a list of five or six items in your list
Complete the worksheet "Unpacking My Interest and Passions."
Writers often write about their interest and passions in their Writers' Notebooks. Writing about your interest is a powerful way to uncover projects you want to pursue.
A Writer's Interest and Passions