with Michelle Cameron
The Art of Critiquing
Today was the first opportunity we had to critique writing the students did at home. Quite a number of them chose to refine the stories they began in last week's class. We reviewed the rules of critiquing and the kids did a great job of not speaking while their work was being discussed.
Among the topics we touched upon as a result of their work:
Today's prompt involved creating a character. We used The Writers Circle personality and situation card decks, to give the writers a starting point from which to create their characters. The stories they started were inventive and there was a lot of laughter around the circle as they read these early drafts.
But, as we discussed, we've just touched the tip of the iceberg regarding character development. I'd like them to focus on this during their homework.
For homework this week, students have the following options:
I'm really enjoying working with your young writers and look forward to next week!