Second grade writers have been busy planning and drafting "small moment" stories, which culminated in celebrating their finished pieces this week. The celebration was complete with popcorn and Pellegrino! These stories, which are also called personal narratives, are pieces that are true, about the student writer, 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 look-out for these moments by keeping a list of seed ideas in their writing journals. Our 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, and using graphic organizers.They are learning to incorporate specific "small moment" craft techniques like including a character's feelings, dialogue, comparisons, and actions. Second graders spent several days rereading, revising, and editing their final pieces.