Celebration is important to writers, especially young writers. One way to tell it is time for a writing celebration is when the energy for writing begins taking a nosedive. Sometimes you know you need to celebrate, but your students aren’t “ready.” This year, I’m trying to get past the notion that writing celebrations must include polished writing. If adult writers only celebrated publication, it wouldn’t happen very often. We need to celebrate more than publication. We need to celebrate living the life of a writer.
Last Friday (the day before spring break at my school), Christi Overman (2nd grade), Gretchen Willaman (2nd grade), and Maggie Gayton (1st grade) brought their classes together for a writing celebration. The kids brought in-progress writing. Then they sat in small groups and talked about their writing. Sixty-three writers celebrating their in-progress work: sharing favorite pages, difficult parts, and future plans.
At the end, they took a detour to their classrooms, passing through the literacy room where they picked up their Writing Goodie Bags. Isn’t this one of the marks of a good celebration– a goodie bag?
Can you guess what they were most excited about? That’s right, the blank books.
You mean we can write these at home?
I can’t wait to make my book and bring it back to share!
Maybe we should have another celebration after break to celebrate all our new books.
What ways have you found to celebrate in-progress writing with your students?
PS — Later in the day, those students who participated in SOLSC celebrated with a slice of cake!