Rather than describe how hard students worked and how much they got done, which they did, I decided to let their words about reading and writing grace this post. What follows are a sprinkling of comments about their learning this year.
In response to the prompt, the most important things I have learned about being a writer this year are...students wrote the following:
- To keep going on the topic and to hook the reader.
- Using more details is better so the reader understands the writing better.
- You have to research your topic before you write about it.
- When you are going to write something you have to do a lot of drafts before you publish it.
- If I read, I'm going to get better at writing
- To always notice what the main character does so you can predict what is going to happen or what the character will do.
- Read stories that seem GOOD to you, that you feel will hook you.
- I need to read more to become a better writer.
- Historical fiction books are fun and they give you a lot of information.
- You need to try a book to like the genre.
- To put sticky notes at the end of chapters, so I could write down what I think, then I could remember the book better.