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Writing Workshop Tips

My goal is to give students and families tools to continue to grow as writers all year long. The newly updated Writing Workshop Resources section of this web site is a place to find some "Homework" assignments that may help. As we begin writing, the process of brainstorming topics is very important. "Ideas for Narrative Writing" is a tool to help when the writer says, "I don't know what to write about!." A very basic "Journal Prompt" may help get your student into a daily routine of journaling. We encourage students to write about small moments in life when a Big Thing Happens. Finding writing topics can be easier when we learn to, "Live Like a Writer" and observe the world in new and memorable ways. Organizing student writing is a major goal in Writing Workshop. A very basic "StoryMap" can help put the pieces of Narrative Writing together for students. There are many, many versions of the story map as an organizational tool, and you may enjoy the film industry version, the graphic Story Board to help organize your thoughts. Some families like to make word lists: nouns, verbs, adjectives, prefixes, suffixes, animals, months, days, etc. Another way to organize words, help with spelling, and demystify the English language is a simple "Word Hunt." I have provided one for words that end in "-ed." As we progress through the writing process, our main goal is to take our writing through all the stages of Writing Workshop, and hopefully publish our work! 


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Saturday, September 22 is the date of the Fall Equinox and we are officially ending our summer and transitioning to Autumn. I hope everyone had a fantastic summer and that you feel ready for another awesome school year. I spent lots of quality time with friends and family, surfing, camping, traveling, and even got to adventure for 3 weeks in Thailand. 

Please stay in touch if there is anything I can help you with as the school year kicks off. I will be at Ocean Alternative's main campus on Tuesdays and I'll be spending the other days at the Ocean Online Learning Lab, Room 121 at Shoreline Middle School. Visit out Ocean Online page for more information about this exciting program option.

Happy Homeschooling!

Thank You!