This week the writers in several classes and I shared a mentor text from Epic Books (a website/app with hundreds of books free to educators and to students at school- check it out if you haven’t seen it yet)-Doggie Dreams– written in cartoon/comic style with fun wordplay. We shared some good laughs while reading. Then we went on to write our own comic “doggie… and kitty, horsey, teddy bear, etc.” dreams. Some writers wrote 16 panel stories. There were dogs who dreamed of spy adventures, underwater exploration, and getting rich. One dog dreamed of coming to school and becoming a math dog! There was a snake named Slime. Imaginations went wild. And writers worked, totally focused, for longer than ever before. I was amazed, especially with one squirrelly 2-3 split class. Classroom teachers were impressed and gave the writers compliments. And writers were eager to share with each other. Such fun! One reluctant (usually) writer drew illustrations with meticulous detail and filled speech bubbles in every panel of his comic. A real celebration!
Isn’t it the best when we can have fun writing together?