Slice of Life #4

The quiet hum of busy students filled the air as I looked around the classroom.  Everyone was busily typing away, perfecting their memoirs.  As I wandered the classroom, conferencing with individuals, I was filled with pride.  These students who rebelled against writing only a few short months ago were reducing me to tears with their heartfelt memoirs.  Digging deeper with each draft, they exposed the soft underbellies of their lives- sick grandparents, best friends, growing up, growing apart, being a good big brother.  Everything is on the table in these memoirs.

Looking ahead, I can’t wait for our publishing party on Friday.  We will be decorating our memoirs, sharing them with the class, and then putting them together into a scrapbook for each class.  The scrapbook will be on display during conferences next week.  Plus, each parent will take home a black-and-white photocopy of the class memoir book to share with family and friends.

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2 Responses

  1. I love your scrapbook idea, and that you celebrate your students’ writing with a book party. So important to remember that very special accomplishment.

  2. Bravo! I first want to compliment you on taking the time to read YA books to inspire your students. My daughter is in sixth grade and so far she searches the library for good books, no book blessings or suggestions. Being a literacy coach myself at a K-5 school, she talks to me about her books. She always picks up the picture books I’m reading as well and gives me her thoughts.
    Excellent celebration activity! One of our fourth grade classes made class books from poetry they had written and gave them as gifts during winter holiday season. :)

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