Second grade so far has been a blur of moving parts—routines, charts, rotations, expectations, read alouds, minilessons—it’s been a wild ride. It often seems that I have to explain EVERYTHING more than once and then clear up misunderstandings once again. My early writers have been struggling mightily to settle into routines and get some ideas on paper. With our writing workshop at the end of the day, the kids are tired and restless by the time I want them to be excited about creating stories. It would be easy to get disheartened—if not for the moments of delight that are happening along the way.
After trying to inspire students in every direction to start telling a story—any story—a tug on my sleeve got my attention. One of my boys, his eyes wide with excitement asked “Do you mind if I start writing a graphic novel?”
Nope. I do not mind at all. Not at all!
It’s going to be an amazing year of writing together with these kids—once we survive the first few days! I know, because we already have a graphic novel in the works among us.