Just as we have done in reading, we will brainstorm the norms and routines of what writing workshop should feel, look and sound like. We will keep track of our hard work on a graph as well.
During our writer’s workshop the focus will be adding illustrations to our stories. We will read some great books to help show how authors use pictures to tell parts of their stories. I preempted a little bit this past week when we read Oliver Jeffers and showed how he uses illustrations and no words to help tell his stories. We will read The Wave, and The Pancake Story, both wordless picture books as examples. Some focus will be adding backgrounds (the grass, the sky, the horizon) so people are not just floating in air! I will copy a page of The Wave and they will add their own words as a fun way to put their own thoughts of what they were thinking as we "read" the story. We will share these as a class and see what our classmates came up with! We will also practice with one of our own stories seeing how we can add more to the illustrations to help tell our story.
Some books we will read:
The Pancake Story
Three of these books (The Dot, Ish and Sky Color) are by Peter H. Reynolds who is one of my favorite authors. The books have wonderful meanings (as well as multiple meanings) and our short, well written picture books. One of my favorite is The North Star, which I think is geared more to adults, or young adults, especially with all the changes in our lives. Check it out!