Summer SAVY 2019: Session 1, Day 1 – Tremendous Transformations in Writing (Rising 3rd/4th)
We had a great first day with Tremendous Transformations in Writing!
Speaking of writing, we definitely spent time writing today! Students enjoyed several short free writing periods as well as structured timed writing activities to help them develop interesting characters. We also had a great Google Hangouts session with Caroliena Cabada, a fiction writer who is one of Iowa State University’s Pearl Hogrefe Fellows. Caroliena shared several powerful lessons she has learned through her own writing, such as how easy and fun it can be to create characters inspired by life, the value of creating contrasting characters, the importance of showing how a character changes, and how thinking of transformation helps her conduct interesting “writing experiments” to get to know her characters better.
Our goals today were to write to explore possibilities for character and plot (which we did through free-writing and writing to prompts), create characters with character arcs (we are well on our way!), and support each other in our writing by giving helpful feedback (in the form of description, praise, and questioning). Students met in small groups at the end of the day to share an excerpt from a work in progress–a page from a story, a paragraph, or even a character map–and receive helpful feedback from peers. Students supported and encouraged each other well!
We have a great group of creative, eager writers! Several students even asked to take their notebooks home to keep writing, which is exciting! If your child brought a notebook home, please help make sure it returns tomorrow so that everyone is prepared for a fun, productive day of writing.