Thursday, September 2, 2010

Personal Narratives

Learning about ourselves and others is an important part of being in a classroom family. During our first writing unit, we will be exploring important small moments that have occurred during our life. We have talked about how our important events (vacations, getting a dog, 1st grade) can be "zoomed into" just one small moment. I used the analogy with the students that if they look at their big topic, it is like a big jar of jelly beans. What we want from our story is to focus in on that one jelly bean that was the most important. For example, if we want to talk about going on vacation, we could pick the one thing that we did that was our favorite. That would be our small moment. We will be working on these for a while, and I hope that the children really enjoy writing about themselves!
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