Extreme Writing Basics

“I can’t believe I can write that much,”, “Can we do it again?” How many times have your students said that?…probably never.
What is this variation on journaling that captures student interest and is designed to build the ability to write quickly (fluency) and get ideas fast (ideation)?

It’s Raining Cats and Dogs

It rains a lot in BC.  How heavy is a “raining cats and dogs” day. Describe the different kinds of rainy days we experience here in BC and what you do and think about and wear for that kind of weather. Weather and Me – times when weather actually affected …

Bird Building a Nest

Adventures with building forts – inside the house or outside, in the winter or summer. Everything I know about birds. Stories about building things with lego, blocks, Sim City, Playmobil, Minecraft – anything you have used to build something including hammer and nails.

David, Lorenzo Bernini

David is holding a slingshot.  Write stories of weapons you have had or played with – toy guns, bows and arrows, toy rifle, toy sword, space weapon, etc. David is a young shepherd facing a giant with sword. Write about being brave. What do you think bravery is?  Give some …

Variety Is the Spice of Life

Eating lots of different foods from all around the world provides variety.  Stories about  foods you have tried and like, or don’t like.  Where? When? Why? Doing lots of different things is exciting. Talk about variety in what you do in your life. The opposite of variety is doing the …

Boy Chased By Dinosaur

Stories of things that have scared me – earthquakes, lightning, a spider, an animal, etc. Stories of the advantages and disadvantages of being small A story of what happened before this, what is happening now, and what will happen next.

Your Secret Is Safe With Me

Times when you told someone a secret and they revealed it (on purpose or by accident). What did you do? What things do you enjoy listening to? Why? Where? When? Times when you didn’t feel listened to…or missed out on something because you didn’t listen.