The past two days I have seen this beautiful quote mentioned over and over:
“Reading is the inhale and writing is the exhale,” Donalyn Miller.
Next year I would like squeeze in some genre teaching in writing that correlates to my instruction in reading. Fairy tales is a genre studied in 3rd grade at my school. Here are a few things I want to remember about this genre when teaching students to write Fairy Tales (found on Fran’s Blog about her learning at TCRWP):
Possible statements for a checklist for Fairy Tale writing:
- I tried to bring my character to life by using names, details, talking, actions, and inner thinking.
- I used show not tell to add details.
- I gave my character a quest or adventure.
- I gave my character a problem to solve or overcome.
- I used elements of magic in my story.
- I chose strong words that would help the reader picture my story.
- I have elements of three in my story.
Students should write a 5-6 page story with 10-12 lines of print on each page.
Although I taught these elements in reading and ask students to locate and identify them in their stories – I know students would form a stronger connection if they were given and opportunity to write in the genre as well. When we bring reading AND writing together the power of our teaching grows. As a reading specialist assigned to teach reading groups in various classrooms it is often a challenge to squeeze in writing but I need to remember the quote above and allow my students to breathe out too.