Slice of Life Tuesday is hosted by Two Writing Teachers
We’ve been working towards Monday’s multi genre writing celebration for the last month. Day after day, and evening after evening (thanks to the wonders of GoogleDocs), my students worked at writing about a topic of their choice in four of the ten genres we had explored in writing workshop, and I worked at commenting on their writing and offering my suggestions.
Some days were productive, and some days were less so. Summer beckoned from our classroom windows during the week, and it was even harder to focus on the weekends. But, we kept at it, chipping away at what seemed at first a huge and hard to manage task.
Sometimes we loved our topic of choice and they ways in we had chosen to write about them, and sometimes (especially in the middle of the process), we were much less enthusiastic. But, we kept at it, trying our best to do our best.
And then, the end came into view: our multi genre writing celebration, the day we open our doors to parents, and share our work. First, we signed up for celebration day jobs:
Then we made invitations:
And then we set up for presentation day:
I stood to one side of the classroom, taking in the scene. Parents milled about, reading and chatting, students answered questions about process and intention: this was what an authentic audience looks like and sounds like. My kiddos looked happy, proud, and just a bit abashed at the attention their writing was garnering.
All that work was worth this.