Friday, November 2, 2007

Writing lessons

A big thanks to Connie Whorton and Elizabeth Wise, fifth-grade teachers at Kitty Stone Elementary in Jacksonville. The two invited me to visit with their classes yesterday to speak with students about descriptive writing. Wise brought in roasted pumpkin seeds on Wednesday and assigned students to write vivid essays, using all their sense, to describe the seeds and the scene in the classroom.

On my visit, the students brainstormed all their descriptions and we wrote a paragraph together. I got the chance to show the students what I do every day in trying to craft lively stories that will grab and hold the attention of busy readers.

Judging from some examples I heard, the class could be home to some successful future scribes.

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