Writing Workshop by SJAWP

From the Monday morning check in with Plicker cards, to greetings from teachers and climbing the stairs of Sweeney Hall, to name games and moving with mingle – mingle, the Writing Workshops first five days rolled by quickly.

We got down to writing…

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And taking breaks…

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And we conferred with teachers and partners…

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We deepened our listening and thinking…

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Ideas chose us and we got our writing projects going…

Asked, “What’s your project you’re working on?” and “What’s your workshop experience like?” students in grades 7 and 8 responded:

Ry – My project is fantasy, about rowing a boat to the moon.  i have a 4500 word goal but only about 2K so far.  I like my class, the other projects we’ve been doing, like free writing.

Rebecca – The class stuff is pretty cool.  For the first few days we did poem analysis.  I like “I remember the day,” and “The sound track of my life.”

Nina – I hope to have a compilation of poems to make a collage.  We do really fun and interesting exercises.  We can all express ourselves and not feel self-conscious.

Harshini – I want to take my free writing to collage.  I’ve never done that.  My stories are not usually related to each other.  I like Sci-Fi.

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Asked about their projects and experience of workshop, 7th graders replied:

Nick – I am doing an Eco Novel and my group chose to focus on poverty.  I want to find out how it is around the world, what poverty is like.

Aiden – I’m working on my eco novel project all day.  It’s on social norms and stereotypes.  My main character is a Latino.  He’s the class comedian and he has strong feelings about how kids should be socialized.

Will -I’m excited about my Eco Novel project on a social problem – racism.  My main character is 14 year old Afro-american freshman.  It’s 1962 and he’s in a segregated school.  He feels to blame when teachers are rude, doesn’t like himself.  He makes friends and comes to grips — he finds his own worth when he wins and art contest.

I’m enjoying being here.  I just wanted to write more freely — I am more confident.  I think I could write any assignment.  I found a writing partner and we bounce ideas off each other.  We both like to sketch to think.

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And we still found time to play and refresh…

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Classes took writing excursions, to the library, to the grassy knoll, or just brought their projects down to the courtyard.



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And next post, I hope to have excerpts of student writing, teacher quotes and new photos.  ~ Thanks for reading, Laura Brown


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