Wednesday, August 26, 2009

and her eyes were as big as breadrolls...

One of the things on my to-do list this summer was to create a new program for my school visits. I'd like to offer writing workshops for classrooms, so I could work with students one-on-one. I've been pleased that so many classrooms have used my books to teach similes so my thought was to offer a Simile Workshop (this is also upon advice of sage fellow author Barbara O'Connor who instructed me that workshops should be "specific" and "focused"). What do you think?

But before I start carving my workshop out in stone, I thought I'd throw it out to you! What are the top things you would want your students to learn from an author in a Simile Workshop, or any writing workshop for that matter? What are the things you definitely need to do/know when teaching a workshop like this? Tips welcomed!

1 comment:

alice said...

I think the visuals such as "and her eyes were as big as breadrolls..." really brings it home. I notice with elementary kids (I have two)...clear examples such as these that illustrate a concept. followed by an exercise where they try to practice the concept works effectively. I think it is great that as an author, you can also play the role of teacher too. Alice