Well, it’s March 1, day 1 of 31 straight days of writing. I’ve decided that for this challenge (or at least the beginning of this challenge), I’m going to try out some of the work that we are asking our students to do. I want to better understand the writing work we are asking our writers to tackle (and I’m hoping to create some demonstration texts I can use for modeling!).
The writing process starts with planning, so today I will plan. I’m going to start wtih second grade. We are beginning a new nonfiction writing unit where children are asked to select topics and think about how they might teach it; what nonfiction structures they might use for their intended audience. I might try question and answer, or how-to, or all-about, or maybe even a nonfiction poem or graphic novel!
Then I plan to move on to the work of our first graders. They are writing poetry. In our district, we are studying Marc Brackett’s work around social-emotional learning. Maybe I can put these two ideas together and write some poetry about emotions.
For the third and fourth week, I’ll look to the upper grades. Maybe I can try some historical fiction writing, or maybe I’ll give a literary essay a try. Or who knows, I might change my plan entirely and try something else, but at least I have a plan.
I guess that means it’s time to start drafting! Let’s see where this work takes me.