*One of my main areas of focus during the school year is "Friendship." I saw this picture online and thought it would be perfect for my writers to use.
*I set aside time during each day for us to work in our writer's notebooks.
*Each Wednesday I feature a photograph, image, or graphic. My goal is to have my writers do some thinking, reflecting, and writing about the image.
*We talk about what types of writing we can do in the notebook. Here are some of the possibilities...
-What we notice in the image
-What we wonder about
-Connections we have to the picture
-Thoughts, feeling, emotions about the visual
-Reminders we have from the image
-Create a fiction story about the picture
*Once the image is revealed to the writers, we spend a few minutes "talking" about what we see.
*My writers set up their HEADING in the notebook and we get busy writing.
*During the start-up of the year, I have my students write for about five minutes. We slowly build our stamina for writers and slowly add time to our writing block.
*At the end of the individual writing time, we call on a few volunteers to share their actual writing and/or further thoughts about the visual in front of us.
Our Images from 2016-2017...