#sol17- Day 17/31 March 17, 2017
We have just begun a poetry unit in third grade and yesterday at sharing time I decided to have the third grade writers share some advice. We had created word banks for various emotions and some students used those to inform them as they wrote their drafts. I talked to the students briefly about some author speak- pantsers and planners. I asked them to identify their preference and based on that think about tips they might offer fellow pantsers or planners (or writers who wanted to try the opposite strategy). I must interject that I am a complete pantser- I feel like a fraud when I introduce various planning strategies, as I am terrible at planning in my own writing.
The class was split, with a preference toward pantsers.
The Planners suggest:
- trying out various kinds of plans
- writing a few drafts and try them out with a partner
- making lists
- talk with a writing partner throughout the process
- use charts
- use a word bank
The Pantsers suggest:
- reading aloud your draft to revise
- go with the flow and trust your quick reactions
- start quickly
- know your subject well before you start writing
- look for inspiration
- write fast and then check
- talk with a writing partner after you draft
I love that these writers already have some affiliation as members of a group of writers. We also talked about how our preference to be a pantser or planner can vary depending on what we are working on and some things outside of our control.
Yahoo for empowered writers!