The world has gone mad!
How can people ie educators believe that young writers can just write?
We ask older writers to plan and put in detail so that their writing shows direction, complexity and twists.
If we ask a young writer to just start writing - how can they when they can't write without support?
I was lucky to win 40 days professional leave about three years ago to explore what motivates young writers and how we can improve writing for all young writers.
I was working for another school at the time and asked the Leadership Team (which I was part of) to trust me and the investment of time I needed to put in place to draw.
I wanted kids to see details in pictures, see emotions in faces, see backgrounds - settings and see story boards.
I wanted to know that was going to motivate them about putting marks on a piece of paper.
I read, I googled, I researched, I talked, I argued, I reflected, I procrastinated, I pushed, I worked with many groups of kids, teachers and what I came up with was overwhelming in getting all kids to write.
Look at picture story books, photos, posters.
What attracts us to these - is it color. background and detail?
Of course it is.....
Draw in grey lead
Look at faces
Draw faces, draw playgrounds, draw family, draw stuff in grey lead
Look at use of color, use of dark, light, bright, dull
Look at background - where is the picture? where are the people? where is the grass/sky/furniture?
Now add starting sounds, sight words
How often have you asked? - What are you writing today? And you got 'I don't know'
A great planning picture stops this - your question changes 'Tell me about your picture' and try ad write the first word, second word, shared pen, modelled writing.
Before you know it they are all writing and loving it.
The content is much more detailed - just like the pictures.
The language is much more powerful - the color is powerful.
The setting is included - there is a background.
Draw a planning picture in grey lead
Add colour, detail and background
Enthusiastic Leadership because everyone is writing......
Win, win, win