One of my favorite things about being a teacher is watching my students grow. In our first unit of Writers Workshop we worked on personal narratives. Students had to brainstorm seed ideas they wanted to write about. Over the past four weeks we had lots of mini lessons on what good writers do and wrote, wrote, and wrote some more.
After starting 7-9 seed stories students had to pick the story they could grow into a published piece. For a week we worked on revising our writing to improve it and make it more interesting for the reader. Students self-revised and edited, worked with their peer partner to revise and edit, and conferenced with me.
Our final pieces were ready to published, but good writers have choices when they publish. They need to think about the medium they use, the effect of the font, spacing, and if illustrations will add to the piece. Students used their creative juices to choose improve their writing and make it more powerful. I was overwhelmed with the little details and reasons they choose certain choices in their publishing. One student writing a scary story picked a scarier font and created a paper frame in the shape of a tombstone. Another student changed the font, color, and size of certain words to make them more powerful.
On Friday we a Publishing Party with the other fifth grade classes and it was amazing. I loved watching students read their writing like gold and parents beam with proudness. Their stories turned out phenomenal and their personalities showed through the voices of their writing. I just sat back and smiled while watching them shine in their spotlight.
Mrs. K has been teaching for eight years. She has taught in three different countries and loves each one for its uniqueness.