“I don’t have anything to write about…” How many times have we all heard that?
Using a structure like “Writing Territories” provides a powerful way to start scribbling their ideas. These ideas can be listed or supported through collaborative conversation. This mini lesson (* are specific and allow time for students to share their samples to the class) provides ideas, places, deep memories to provide the “juice of life” to our choices of stories.
Another ‘mini lesson’ is IMAGERY (eg. ‘Show not Tell’ – uses detail, dialogue and appeals to the senses….) Mentor Texts can be used to support the writing process. They provide opportunity to see and play with models that can be applied in student’s own writing. Click here for a list of mentor texts to play with your classes.
- Read Chapter 3 – Digital Writing Workshop
- How do you support writers to move beyond the superficial? (Please leave a comment on the blog.)