Launching Book Making in Writers Workshop
This week we launched Unit 2 of writer’s workshop which centers around narrative texts. We also started making books. Yesterday I was thinking that whoever wrote Unit 2 was an idiot! I mean Unit 1 went so smoothly…why on earth would I want to change a perfectly comfortable process in favor of making books? Thus my title… Why jump out of a perfectly good airplane? It was not broken… why fix it?
Making books is a messy business. I start to hyperventilate when I can no longer dictate the minutia of writers workshop. It makes me want to breathe into a bag. But you know what? It is not about me. It is really about moving the students forward.
When students make books, this asks them to think about their story over the course of several days. THIS is exactly the work of writers. I went into great detail this summer with our book study. If you missed it, you can read about it here.
Here is one page I came across today during a writing conference. This was from one of my sweet babies who had trouble holding the pencil at the beginning of the year. He could not write his name. At first glance, you would think this writing lacks meaning.
However, when I sat down to confer with him, this is what I found out.
Wow! This little guy worked on this for 3 days. He sustained his focus over time. He knows that a book’s subject is connected in meaning. He also knows that books contain words made up of letters. Since he has no letter/sound knowledge, I was thrilled that he wrote a string of letters.
When we confer with students the goal is to change the WRITER, not the WRITING.
Here is a peek at my writing conferring notebook.
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