Revealing our Writing Talents

The sixth grade writing workshop students have proven themselves to be true writers with passion, enthusiasm, and creativity. Over the course of the past few weeks, the students have been exploring the structure and components of a short story.  They began by examining the elements of a plot structure, including exposition, rising action, climax, and resolution.  Students were then given isolated parts of familiar childhood fairy tales and assigned to identify what part of the plot structure each section represents.  Students also learned how to create snapshots (detailed descriptions of a setting) and thought-shots (a character’s stream of consciousness).  Currently, these 6th grade writers are working on composing their own short stories.  From fathers battling in Iraq, zombies taking over planes, college athletes struggling to keep their grades up, and characters struggling with personal tragedy, students’ topics are varied, interesting, and original, and their stories are true masterpieces.