The room was full of energy and excitement! Clutching their published narratives in their hands, each student waited anxiously for their turn to share their narrative with the class. This was the day of our first authors’ celebration. And we sure had a lot to celebrate!!
Last week, the 3rd and 4th graders completed our unit on narrative writing. This unit is one of four that we will be covering this year in our brand new Writing Workshop program. For the past few weeks, the students have all been writing personal narratives about important experiences in their lives. It all began by writing down their ideas on paper through various brainstorming methods that included sketching, thinking of a special person, place, or moment, and learning from other authors, including listening to Miss Nugent’s own narratives about her life. Eventually, each student had at least four completed personal narratives in their writer’s notebooks, and it was finally time to decide which piece of writing they wanted to publish. After selecting their favorites, we began the tedious task of editing, revising, adding paragraphs, quotations, catchy leads, and polishing up our endings. While the work wasn’t always easy, the students endured and were proud of the results.
During class last week, the students took their time writing the final drafts of their narratives in cursive, and finally, publishing the narratives by mounting them on construction paper and adding illustrations. Once everyone had completed the publishing of their final drafts, we were ready for our celebration on Thursday. When called on, each student came to the front of the room to read their narrative in the designated “author’s chair”. The stories were all very entertaining and well written. They ranged from funny family adventures to very scary accidents to life changing lessons. After each student finished sharing, the entire class would erupt in applause and celebration, blowing party blowers and showing their approval. Each student truly felt celebrated by their classmates for reaching this milestone. It was amazing to see how far each student has come in their writing this year, and we are looking forward to seeing what else they will accomplish during our next unit. The published narratives will be displayed outside of our classroom in the coming weeks.