Monday, March 5, 2012
So many topics, so little time...
I am also reading Talking, Drawing, & Writing by Martha Horn and Mary Ellen Giacobbe and The Writing Workshop: Working Through the Hard Parts (And They're All Hard Parts) by Katie Wood Ray - both excellent books.
Because of this class and my current reading, I have been thinking a lot about topic selection for writers. I have never before thought about how to teach my students how to select a topic to write about. I have created idea lists with different topics they could write about with my students and I have done think alouds as I am writing during which I talk through which of two ideas I will write about that day. But, I have never, in eleven years of teaching kindergarten, thought to show my students how to pick a topic.
After that thought hit me, another one, a bummer of a thought, hit me. I'm not sure HOW to teach my kindergarten students how to choose a topic for writing. I'm just beginning myself to stick my toe into the writing waters (through this SOLC) so I am learning too!
So far, the only piece of advice I have to offer them is to look at the world around you. There are often ideas for topics that pop into my head at random times now that I am considering myself more of a writer but that is awfully hard to explain to a five or six year old.
And so, I'm turning to you all...my new community of people...for some help. How do you teach your students to select a topic? How do you select your own topics?
Thanks in advance for any words of wisdom you have to offer!