Third Grade Teachers @ LES are reading Live Writing by Ralph Fletcher and blogging together.
We are reading together to increase our awareness of writing instruction especially in the Narrative mode.
Ralph Fletcher: By "live writing" I mean the kind of writing that has a current running through it--energy, electricity, juice.
Chapter 1: The Writer's Toolbox
I personally am encouraged by the words of the author when he says there is "no way that your pen will pour out world class writing every day". It assures me that writing isn't perfect and that as a writer I'll grow daily. I love the tools for writing: words, imagination, love of books, etc. These are tools that we should encourage our students to use! ----Vickie
Chapter 2: Reading Like A Writer
This is me now. After reading and studying writing for the past eight years, I truly understand "reading like a writer". Now when I pick up a book, I instantly note something I can use to help others with word choice, figurative language, etc. When I go on vacation, I usually take a few picture books to read myself! Sometimes...I feel like a kid! -----Vickie
Chapter 3: Building Character
Creating a character isn't as easy as just picking a "who". But for young children just learning to write personal narratives, it is easy to pick someone they spend a lot of time with to be the other character. RF says to "start with what you know" and build from familiar people and animals. I usually suggest 2 or 3 characters for young writers because they have to engage those characters. It is easier to involve 2 or 3 in the action and conversation. -----Vickie