Generating In Writers' WorkshopPresentation Transcript
Cynthia Rylant Author Study Writers’ Workshop Way’s to Generate Ideas Kim Sigismondi
How Can Parents Help at Home
Tell a lot of stories
Remind your child of special times
Read other books by Cynthia Rylant
Ask about the writing we are doing in school
Encourage your child to write at home
Strategies we are working on in class
Reflecting on the Past
When writers can connect to the important parts of their own lives, it enables them to write from rich experiences, and the writing is better.
I felt like a free explorer. We caught starfish and put them back, watched the sunset on the jetty. Quiet and wild times with sister, Judie.Adults didn’t bother us. With my dad-started my love of growing things. Grew my own food upstate. Playing at the beach, especially at the tide pools, lagoon Planting a garden in New Hampshire Why they are important Important times form my past
Writers Write About Places They Love
Writers think about their own special times and magical places to write about.
During the day, sunlight through seasons A nighttime party during a holiday Maybe first and last day of kindergarten during recess, midday-scary, friendly in end The beach at Cape Cod My backyard The schoolyard Where When
Habits of Mind Help Writers Find Topics
Relax your mind to help you freewrite
Let yourself daydream
Clear your mind of all the day’s clutter
Objects and Photos Give us Writing Ideas
They help us think of topics
They help us think of people
Remind us of memories
Sketch to Write
Writers sketch images to help inspire their writing
Passions and Longings
Consider your personal passions, interests, and desires of your own that you could write about
Questions to help guide you
Who are the people who have influenced you the most?
Have you had any really special pets?
Do you have a hobby?
What is your favorite part of the school day?
Which topics could you write about because of how strongly you feel about them?
What in the world really excites you?
What do you yearn for?
Is there something you imagine yourself being as a grown up?
Which sports do you love?
Are there any other activities that you are crazy for?
Is there a special kind of friend, new brother or sister, or older brother or sister whom you wish for?
Is there a new pet that you dream of having?
Is there something special you wish to accomplish?
Do you have a dream of doing something special with someone?
Which holidays do you love?
Using Symbols to Get Ideas
Symbols in our world inspire authors.
The star of David - My grandparents, Passovers in Florida
Peace sign - Hope
Met’s symbol - My love of the team, games with dad when I was young
Toy’s R Us symbol - Shopping, buying baby stuff
The Apple logo - learning to use new programs, fear, proud