with Michelle Cameron
Setting Sail, Farewell!
Today was our last day spending time on our voyages. The kids still have some work to do at home – please do have them finish up whatever stage they’re currently in. More below.
We started off today by sharing our transportation words – everything from submarines to time travel! Next week we’ll be using all the words we’ve been collecting, creating stories from them.
We caught up with additions to our voyage stories, including all the great postcards they created. Then it was time to re-embark on our stories.
Those students who had already completed their stories were given comic blanks. There’s more than one way to tell a story – and the idea was to illustrate, in comic book form, what had occurred from packing their bags through the three days until arrival, and then what happened while they were at their destination. Comics are a great way to tell a story with fewer words, while still encouraging sequential thinking. Any time your writer balks at a long story, asking them to write a comic is a great way to get the creative juices flowing. And besides – they light up at the idea!
Again, for homework this week, please have them finish whatever stage they’re in. Not everyone is going to get to the end of this voyage, but that’s perfectly fine. In fact, in several cases I’ve been encouraging students to slow down and take the time it requires to write well – not just be done. That’s a hard concept for them, but an important one!
We’re thinking BIG with this week’s words – anything to do with the solar system! Next week we’re going to use our words to make some new stories.