School Break Story Planner Our kids come back from winter break with so many ideas to write about. They often create a book that is a list of what they have done. It seems to go against everything we have worked on throughout the school year. We have spent the first half of the year trying to figure out how to freeze one moment in time and tell all about it. We have worked on telling a story that will grab a reader’s attention. We have talked about using creative language. However, often what we get after a break is not any of these things.
Our students have stories to share. They want to talk and write about what they have done. Because they want to write, we do not want to discourage them from doing so. However, we have learned to work to guide them. This year we created this planner: School Break Story Planner. The day after break we shared a book we had created about our own breaks. The books lacked excitement and interesting language. The books were a list with simple sentences. We had students critique our writing. We talked about who would want to read the book and if many people would be interested in the writing. After decided that the book was boring, we modeled completing this planner with our students.
We are hoping the resulting books contain more descriptive language and are more exciting than past school break writings.
Our children always write in blank books. You will find printable books and lined papers for your students to use here: http://www.thecurriculumcorner.com/2012/05/17/blank-books-papers/