Have you ever been in a situation where you were staring at a blank page of paper? Sitting there waiting for an idea to come to you so you can write about it?! This has definitely happened to me in the past, and it can be a little stressful. Our new writing curriculum helps to make sure that this won’t be the case for our first grade friends.
Before we even write an idea down on paper, we touch and tell the story. That means that we touch the page of our book, and as we touch the page we say the idea that is in our head. We even share these ideas with our partners so that they can ask questions to find out more about our ideas. Before you know it, our stories are coming to life! In fact, I have students asking if they can write ANOTHER story…they don’t want to stop!
Sometimes we may think that in order to be an excellent writer we have to have amazing things happen to us. Well, I haven’t traveled around the world, or swam in the ocean with dolphins…but I can still write a cool story that my class enjoys hearing. We call this type of writing “small moments” writing. We think of a small moment that has happened to us. It may be something like scoring the winning goal in PE class, or being picked to be the next Top Dog. Small moments happen all around us, and WE are going to write about them!