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Writer’s Workshop

Webs

Today we starting with a mini-lesson about making webs as a pre-writing technique. The kids took notes in their folders, and we brainstormed a web about “Going to a Carnival”. Then, everyone wrote a plan for themselves, which included narrative writing, some fantasy stories, an expository piece, and more. Everyone chose a comfy spot in […]

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Workshop Topics

With Claudia and Liam out for the week, we missed out on an Italian lesson, so I jumped in with a pre- “Writing Workshop” session! I explained a bit about how Writing Workshop will be set up and organized once we start in January. We brainstormed a long list of possible writing topics individually, then […]

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Cardboard Box Creativity

Today we worked with cardboard boxes and used our imaginations to create whatever the children were inspired to create. This was inspired by a book we read the last time we had writer’s workshop. I suggested a few ideas and then they took off. We had a laptop computer, shoe box diorama, sword and shield, […]

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Space Station Mars

There were only 3 neutrons in our class this week! We missed our friends. We started by reading another book about making a club called “Space Station Mars”. We decoded a secret message at the end of the book. The kids in the book made some protective space gear out of boxes. We started talking […]

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Alphabet

This class started out with a reading of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle and was followed by each Quark making a caterpillar to take home. The students then explored letters and words using play doh and alphabet cookie cutters.

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Commercial

The kids have been working on a short commercial. They’ve come up with a concept, script, acted and filmed the commercial. They are still working on post production, editing and coming up with a jingle Once they have completed the commercial they will have a group screening for everyone to enjoy.

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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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