The process in creating this book began with a free write. Our teacher began with the class asking us to write sentences using one of these starters:
- Once, I almost…
- One lesson I learned the hard way was…
- The best thing I ever did was...
After finishing the free write we started critiquing last years book "We Chose Our Own Adventure." We discussed what we wanted to change in this years book and what we would like to keep.
After discussing about how our book would look like, the process of writing our pieces started. My teacher gave us two documents that would help guide us in our work and make it easier for us to come up with potential ideas on what we could write about. The first document was the 1 Topic = 18 Topics. In this document we chose one topic the we wanted to write about and extended that topic into 18 specific topic but that talked about the 1st topic we chose. This piece helped manifest our ideas into a piece that would be potentially be a worthy piece of writing. The second document was our "Real World Writing purposes field guide." This document outlined the several types of non-fiction writing that real world authors use you write their own piece.
When we were all done with the free writes we were able to choose which one of the 18 free writes we wanted to write about. From the one free write we chose, we were able to expand on that and create our Down Draft. After several critiques and revision, a final draft was completed. Looking at the differences, you can tell how much it changed.
Some free writes based on 1 Topic= 18 topics graphic organizer
Mentor text graphic organizer
"Golden Lines" portrait
Journey to the Final Draft
This project helped in so many ways, and one of those ways is having a different perspective in what I am writing about. The document my teacher shared with us, the 1 Topic = 18 Topics was exactly what I needed to help expand my thoughts.
Something I would change about my piece would be being more descriptive. I am proud of my writing but I know that if I added more details it could be even better. The only way I could be more descriptive in my future writing pieces would be by reading more.