Saturday, May 5, 2012

When You Have a Minute...

You might want to pop down the central hall at Rowe to read some of our poetry.  I can promise that you will be amazed at your children's very first efforts!

You may recall that my original plan was to hang (in the hallway) poetic words the children noticed.  Well, I quickly shifted to a Plan B that allowed us to follow the kids' lead because it didn't take long to realize that this particular class of first graders did not want to slowly begin to chart words.  They simply wanted to begin ASAP to write whole poems!  The best visual I can share is that it was like watching a line-up of racehorses at the gate.  All wanted to take off and begin to write.  And so we did.

Most have written and published at least seven poems.  Their very first poem, as well as, a favorite are hanging in the hall below their self portraits.  We'll probably cobble together an anthology for each student soon.  The reason I say probably is because I know that many will want to continue to write poetry and as it's not a unit I want to totally shut down, we may wait and pull the anthology together at a later date.

Are you wondering what's next in Writing Workshop?  Monday, we will begin to learn to write a nonfiction report.  At the same time, we will begin to edit for conventions.  Conventions is the last of the writing traits that we cover in first grade.  It includes editing for spacing, punctuation, spelling, and capitalization.  Our whole class report will be on Maine's state animal--the moose.  Please send in any books or images you have that might enrich our study.   


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