• Time to start writing!
    Invitations and entry slips will be sent home next week.  Classroom teachers will send one home with each student.  You will not get a second copy, but you can print a new copy here.
    This week Lisa Monge is starting lessons on writing fiction stories with each class.  She is emphasizing the writing process.  Stories take time and effort.  They should not be written in one night.  The following is an example of one class' idea of the writing process.  There were variations, but every class came up with something similar. 
    In the upcoming weeks we will look at patterns we notice in fiction stories.
    1st and 2nd graders are focusing on the Story Equation. 
    3rd, 4th, and 5th graders trying out the Story Clock. 
    March 6th - ALL STORIES ARE DUE.  
    Late stories and stories without an entry slip will not be accepted.
    March 19th - We will celebrate all our young authors.  The Young Authors' Fair will be held during school hours.  Children will visit the MPR by grade level.  They will be able to choose from the following activities: reading each other's stories, stamping leather, making pencil toppers, and creating an author portrait.
    Author Mac Barnett will join all our young writers for a special presentation at the end of the day.
    Frequently Asked Questions:
    Can I write a story with my friend?
    No.  You need to write your own story for this event.  One author per book.  In the past children have decided on a series and written books with the same characters, but different problems and plots.  
    Can I write a comic?
    No.  You need to have paragraphs.  You can use comics like illustrations or to enhance the story. You can write a paragraph or two and then insert a comic for your reader, but the whole story can not be a graphic novel.  It is a great format and one that lots of us love to read, but we will need to create another venue for that.
    How much editing should be done?
    I completely understand that students perform at different levels.  I expect each story to be unique.  I do want this to be a child driven project.  However, part of the lesson is that writing requires effort and hard work.  I trust you to find the balance for your child.  Correct spelling and punctuation helps the reader understand and enjoy the story.
    Is it okay to write my story on the computer?
    Yes.  And yes it is okay for parents to help with typing.  Stories can be handwritten or written on a computer.  
    Does my story need to have a cover?
    Yes.  Your story needs a cover with an illustration, your title, and your first and last name.  It is very fun if you make your story into a book.  I have demonstrated lots of ideas using recycled materials.  Cut down a cereal box, cover with paper, extra material, etc.  Think about adding an author's page, a dedication, a blurb on the back...  I love to see your creativity.
    Do I have to have illustrations?
    The only required illustration is the cover.  However, illustrations are fun!  Older children do not need to write lengthy pieces, just thoughtful.  I have enjoyed reading some clever picture books submitted by our 4th and 5th grade authors.
Last Modified on January 25, 2020