best for: K-3
Turn your students into eager, independent and enthusiastic writers with the help of "Nudging the Imagination!"
We generate a collaborative classroom story featuring characters and a setting that spring strictly from the students’ own imaginations – and no one else’s.
Each student adds his or her voice to the project at some point, giving them each a sense of ownership in a classroom story-creation atmosphere of "organized chaos." The classroom bubbles over with excitement, laughter and learning as we “cook up” a story, using the class-generated characters and settings that form our “list of ingredients.”
The concept of “word pictures” – writing so clearly and so descriptively that our words become pictures in our minds – is discussed as are the important concepts of revision and editing, reinforcing the teacher's lesson that writing is a process, not something that is just done once.
Follow-up activity ideas are offered after the story has been completed and a title has been agreed upon by the class.
You have such an incredible way about you to capture the kids attention for an hour. Thanks for taking the time to be in our class and school. -- Jenny Leung 1st Grade Teacher, Upham Elementary School (Wellesley, MA)