My class has been venturing into new writing territory by shifting our focus from small moment stories to many moments stories. We first looked at Do Like Kyla by Angela Johnson and noticed how she wrote a story about a little sister copying everything her big sister, Kyla, did throughout the story. After reading the book to my first-graders, I asked what did they notice about how Angela Johnson wrote this book. They were very quick to pick up on the repeating words “I do like Kyla”, but there was some confusion about was it a small moment story or something else. Most of my students thought it was a small moment story so I used my necklace to show them the difference between a story written about one moment (one silver circle on my chain) compared to a story written about many moments (several silver circles on my chain) connected by repeating lines.
I preceded to read them another Johnson book titled Joshua by the Sea and we discussed how this story was not about Joshua just doing one thing as he did in Joshua’s Night Whispers. This story was different because it talked about different things he did at the beach all connected with the repeating lines of “I am Joshua”. Over the next couple of days I read more many moment stories to my class to help them get a better idea of what a many moment story looked like. I read Cynthia Rylant’s When I Was Young in the Mountains and Judith Viorst’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. My students seemed to understand what a many moments story was, but no one was giving it a try with regards to using repeating lines to connect the moments.
This week, I decided to write my own many moments story to show my students how to take many moments and connect them with repeating lines. I cheated by using images from Google instead of drawing my own illustrations. Below is my story I titled My Silly Brother.
p. 1 In the morning at breakfast, my little brother blows bubbles in his milk. He is so silly.
p. 2 My mom tells him to go get dressed and when he comes back, he’s wearing his shirt inside out. He is so silly.
p. 3 In the car, he tries to put the seat belt on while upside down. He is so silly.
p. 4 On the way to daycare, he sings the alphabet song with a robot voice. He is so silly.
p. 5 I stay in the car while dad walks him into daycare. I watch him walk like a monkey as he holds dad’s hand. He is so silly.
P. 6 In the afternoon, we go to pick up my little brother from daycare. He comes out wearing his book bag backwards. He is so silly.
p. 7 On the way home, we stop to get popsicles. He asks for my stick and puts both of them up his nose. He is so silly.
p. 8 Before dinner when no one is looking, my little brother puts his old baby clothes on our puppy. He is so silly.
p. 9 When getting ready for bed, he brushes his teeth with his finger. He is so silly, but I love him.
Once again this week I encouraged my students to try to use repeating words to connect many moments together in a story. I finally had one student to experiment with this new type of writing! It might not blow your socks off, but I was very proud of him to actually try and he was so proud of himself when he was reading his book to the class. His classmates were very quick to see that he repeated the word “look” throughout his story. I made a big deal out of his story so I hope to see more of my first-graders writing many moments stories in the future.
Front Cover ~ The Time Me and Lance and Levi Lost the Super Bowl
p. 1 I was going to our super bowl. It is in Elkin. Look.
p. 2 illustration of his car going down the mountain
p. 3. I got there. Look.
p. 4 illustration of the football field
p. 5 Now we played. Look. Touchdown Elkin.
p. 6 illustration of football field and scoreboard 6 to 0
p. 7 We lost to Elkin. Look.
p. 8 illustration of the scoreboard Trojans 6 Elkin 14
Back Cover ~ They win the trophies. The End.
Side note: This is a true story. The first and second grade team went all season undefeated only to lose in the super bowl. I was there. It was very sad.