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Writer’s Workshop

Blackout Poetry

Last Thursday I introduced blackout poetry to the kids. Blackout poetry is a different way to create poetry. To create the poems you use an already existing text from a book or newspaper and use a black marker to remove words until a poem is formed. The text I used was different pages from James […]

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Zines!

For our first week in Writer’s Workshop the Muons and I talked about zines. I explained that before the internet was so easily accessible to most people that zines were a way for folks to spread information,art,etc. The kids are working on making a small zine that only requires one piece of strategically folded sheet […]

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Voice

In today’s session, we focused on the idea of the “voice” of a writer. It is one of many techniques a writer incorporates into their pieces and is uniquely their own, just as someone’s speaking voice is unique to them. Attitude, tone, and personal style are part of a writer’s voice. Attitude is how you […]

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Balloon Farm

The Muon’s engaged in a writing exercise after hearing the story “Harvey Potter’s Balloon Farm”, by Jerdine Nolan. He had his special way of growing balloons, like stalks of corn, and we found out how. His young protege, now an adult, grows hers like beets in the ground…only she does not tell us her secret […]

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Muons Writers’ Workshop

This week the Muon’s shared how they used their writing books/journals during the past week. It was interesting to see how they found their own way of interacting with it. Then we took the second half of the class to fill up some more of their pages. The goal is to bring their journals back […]

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Electrons create Limericks!

We had fun looking at limericks and coming up with our own! An easy one to recognize is: Hickory dickory dock, The mouse ran up the clock, The clock struck one, And down he run, Hickory dickory dock. For fun, you can check out the book by Jim Aylesworth that comes up rhymes around the […]

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Writers’ Workshop

The last couple of weeks we have been analyzing readings from previous weeks from the perspective of writers. We looked at various literary devices that writers use such as Anthropomorphism and Personification and we have been trying to apply those strategies to our writing. We spent some time debating which authors did a better job […]

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Spy Adventures and Plot Points

This was our first session together. We began with a “warm up” writing activity by hearing about an historical event that happened October 15, 1917 relating to a spy during World War I. The activity encouraged the Electrons to write about a spy adventure they had or they were able to write down spy gear […]

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Alphabets and Scripts

Last session the Neutrons completed an overview of various alphabets and scripts as writing evolved. We took a look at Cave Paintings, Cuneiform, Hieroglyphics, Ancient Greek, Chinese, and Arabic scripts. Neutrons learned a little history and culture surrounding the script, translated phrases, and even wrote their own messages in the various scripts. This session, we […]

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Electrons Writer’s Workshop

We’ve been looking at poetry and this past week the Electrons took an acronym to use as a restriction on form (i.e. U.S.A. for United States of America). The acronym then becomes the starting point for writing such as this…. Under the umbrella Staying free from rain Always moving to avoid the drops The lines […]

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