Summer SAVY 2016 (Session 4PM, Day 2) – Story Creations
Today we began with or first student author reading an original story while sitting in the author’s chair. The class was spellbound while Our author read a story about growing up. As is the tradition in third grade classroom, Sam chose three friends to give her a specific positive comment about her story. I am teaching the students how to effectively deliver a positive comment to an author so that that he or she can remember what the listener or reader like when they write their next piece.
We then discussed author, illustrator, plot, characters, setting, and conflict as features of story elements. To help practice finding and understanding story elements, we read My Rotten, Re-Headed older Brother, by Patricia Polacco. After that, students named characters (nouns) and described each one (adjectives). Students also identified the setting, plot and conflict. Students discussed Richard’s conflict of whether or not to be nice to his sister when she got hurt because he was always mean to her.
Next, students either finished a story they began yesterday or started a new story. When the class returned from recess, students got a chance to be in the author’s spotlight.
The day ended with a review of story elements, learning what a short story is and beginning to learn a story planning mnemonic. POW stands for: Pick my own idea, Organize my notes, Write and say more. We will put this strategy into action tomorrow!
Another Pen, Tomorrow, Once Again,