Second grade writers are busy planning and drafting small moment stories. These stories, which are also called personal narratives, are pieces that are true, about the child, and happened in the past over a short period of time. Second graders are learning that opportunities for small moment stories surround them in their everyday lives, and that writers live on the lookout for these moments by keeping a list of seed ideas in their writing journals. Writers are learning various ways to plan each story, including telling the story on their fingers, touching each page and talking out the story, planning on post-its, or using graphic organizers. Children are learning to incorporate specific small moment craft techniques, such as including a character's feelings, dialogue, comparisons, and small actions. The children are also studying mentor texts, such as Marla Frazee’s Roller Coaster or Ezra Jack Keats' Snowy Day, to see the craft moves real writers try. This elevates the level of their own personal narrative writing. In the coming weeks, second graders will choose one of their small moments to revise, edit, and publish to proudly share with you at our first Writing Celebration.
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