Sunday, January 25, 2015

Young Writers in Editing Mode

Way back in October, I started a Young Writers Program at Stepping Up Resource Center. It was a way t encourage students of grades 5 & 6 to be creative and have the opportunity to publish their stories in an anthology. I have four students this time around. It was a great opportunity for an advanced student to face a large wordcount goal. For the other three students, it was an opportunity to face a challenge and prove that despite their learning difficulties they can rise above and write something amazing.

And they HAVE!

October was a learning month. They learned about story sequence, plot, characters, etc.
November was the NaNoWriMo challenge! Write Write Write!
December was the time finishing up their stories.
January is editing.

(Myself, reviewing a story, and 3 of the 4 students working on their editing)

They are now putting all the summer tutoring about spelling, grammar, and paragraph writing to use. Their biggest issues have been the comma and dialog.

What will happen next for these four students?

February, while their book goes through the publishing process, they will learn what that process is. They will also learn how to do self-promotion, prepare a section of their story to read out loud, and how to plan a Book Launch.

March/April, they will host a formal Book Launch for their anthology.

I am so proud of them!

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