The Spark Sparked!

We had a small moment of writing magic in a third grade group Monday morning. Recently I have been reading SPARK! Quick Writes to Kindle Hearts and Minds in Elementary School by fellow slicer, Paula Bourque. I choose a photo for a quick write. I displayed the color version on the screen and glued a little copy on the students’ notebook pages. I told the kids to open their notebooks, and they were really delighted with the small pictures. (Funny how such a tiny thing can create excitement.) They eagerly picked up pencils and started writing. After just a few minutes, we were ready to share. Our quiet boy, who usually lags behind, was first to share. Here’s his writing:


Everyone loved it! We all laughed out loud! What a special moment for that writer!

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20 Responses to The Spark Sparked!

  1. Cara Wegrzyn says:

    I love reading what young writers have to say. So much possibility awaits in those words. Spark! sound like a book I need to get for my classroom. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I love the power of a quick write knowing that it does not have to go anywhere and can involve the imagination!

  3. arjeha says:

    Love your student’s interpretation of the picture. This is a great way to get the writing juices flowing.

  4. paulabourque says:

    Oh my word, I LOVE,LOVE, LOVE this. Making inferences, contemplating cause and effect, making connections to other characters/media-so much thinking going on in this short piece of writing. And it is SOOOO fun! Thanks for sharing, Diane. This is what I envisioned when I wrote this book and it is so gratifying.

  5. margaretsmn says:

    Sparks sparked for this quiet boy. I love how imaginations are inspired by photos. I am stealing this idea for my class. Printing the picture for them to glue on the page is a brilliant small thing that honors each writer.

  6. Alice Nine says:

    What a delightful story about the “cookie monster.” My teacher heart rejoices in the learning I can see in his few lines. Isn’t it wonderful when “Sparks” sparks a child’s writing imagination.

  7. What a great piece for him to share!

  8. Ramona says:

    Such a fun piece! i love how the pic sparked his thinking and how he used humor in his writing. Gluing the picture in their notebooks, what fun!

  9. Jaana says:

    Sparkling moment! So rewarding to both the student and the teacher.

  10. mcoop1st says:

    Amazing how one little photo created that great writing! Definitely something I need to do more often with my students!

  11. Fran Haley says:

    A precious story – the student’s as well as yours, in sharing.

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