My students write two sentences every morning and have a mini-conference over their sentences with me when they are done. They have to use the password in one of the sentences and have the sentences be related. Some of my students love to write and pride themselves with writing way more than two sentences. Some of my students don't enjoy this activity quite as much and have struggled some days to come up with ideas. I have my students read their sentences to me so that they can catch their own mistakes and to motivate children who need ideas! One day one of my kids wrote about running over goats with his tractor, but never running over pigs. I know this child has both animals at home so I was worried about what was happening to the goats. He laughed and said, "Don't worry, Mrs. Reck I wrote fiction!"
One of my struggling owlets piped up, "I didn't know we could write fiction! This changes everything!"
He has not had trouble writing his sentences since he learned he could write fiction! Sometimes he writes fiction and sometimes he writes non-fiction.
Giving students a choice about what they are writing about opens doors to their creativity and frees their pen to give in to their imaginings and ideas. The writing I get from my students is so much better when I allow them freedom to choose and write about what they want.
I'm glad I don't have to write every day if I don't feel like it! The bad thing is I haven't felt like it in quite some time. I've had bloggers block. Today I decided to just plunge in and write something. I often tell my students to just sit down and write whatever they are thinking about. It doesn't have to be the best thing they've ever written, but at least they have written and now I have written something, too!
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