One of our Reading skills this week is visualization. So to tie that into Writing, I proposed an idea to my class. We could write our own stories with vivid verbs and awesome adjectives and really capture our audience’s attention (we’re continuing to improve on our style and how interesting our stories are)! I reminded the kids that their stories shouldn’t reveal the answer, but instead give the reader enough clues to think of 2-3 possibilities. The kids are pumped about “tricking” their audience!
I wrote a story to give them a better understanding of what I was asking them to do. My story included details about sunny weather, kids playing, and the smell or tanning lotion and sunscreen. Before I could even finish the story, my kids were jumping up and down, begging to guess where my story took place. Guesses included the beach, the pool, the water park, and even the lake – which are all great guesses. And to be honest, I still haven’t chosen the setting. It was amazing to see their excitement! This was the “ah ha!” moment when they realized they needed to be very detailed, yet a little secretive.
We’re going to use extra large pieces of construction paper and fold them in half. Then we’re going to glue our stories to the front half and our illustrations on the inside (as a surprise!). I can’t wait for the kids to finish write their final drafts and get everything put together! We’re going to hang them in the hallway and hopefully generate some buzz about their awesome work.
Here’s a picture of my story in the hallway. I’ll post a picture of the final product tomorrow or Friday.