There’s a thing I have been involved in, though never “successfully” complete, called NaNoWriMo. Basically, it’s national novel writing month. The goal is basically to write a novel starting and ending in the month of November (around 50,000 words to be complete). The point is to just write as much as you can and edit later. It’s fun, and it get’s me motivated to write.
What about the classroom? Most of my students aren’t even reading novels. A good portion of the students avoid reading like the plague. But what they do enjoy, as weird as it sounds, is writing. Kids love writing about themselves, about anything really. Kids are natural storytellers, and are way more creative than we ever give them credit.
So, I saw this on twitter, basically a (free) class kit for NaNoWriMo. I don’t really think the kit is necessary, I think I could fashion some way to track students’ progress that would be fun and non competitive. I would like to use October as planning, November as writing, and December as editing. We can do typing lessons simultaneously during the editing stage so they could transfer their handwritten work. The best part would be the sharing. They could read excerpts to the class and share their work, maybe even create a compendium of their work like with Seattle 826 (something I’d also like to do as a field trip). Everything is still in the early stages, but I see that kids like to write, and I want to see that continue.