SOLC: First Grade Inspiration

Yesterday, I spent time in a first grade writing class. They were discussing revision strategies. Yes, at first grade. Revision is delightful, although it’s not always as elaborate as we might be thinking.

One student I conferred with was writing about football. He had written, “One afternoon, I played football.” I asked him what his purpose was for writing this piece. Jay said, “It was a great game. We won.” He had definite purpose.

We talked about how the action in the story could help share his purpose along with the illustration he had. I left and Jay busied himself with writing. When I checked back with him, he had written, “We played in the field. We won a trophy.” I then noticed a star between the last two sentences. I asked about the star. “I forgot to add in that he (pointing to his picture) threw the ball to me and I caught it.”

A large smile spread across his face. He was inspired and thrilled with his work. I was thrilled that my conferring had inspired him.

12 Responses to SOLC: First Grade Inspiration

  1. I love these moments! I am always surprised to see the effects a conversation between writers can have.

  2. elsie says:

    I am not a bit surprised that your writer made the changes. He has been empowered by his teachers. Well done!

  3. Sarah Albee says:

    What a sweet story!

  4. Tam says:

    The small things do mean a lot. Congratulations on a great conference.

  5. Tara says:

    I love the fact that he recognized how your conferring had edged him forward with his writing. What a fabulous moment for both of you!

  6. Ruth says:

    Thanks for giving us a glimpse into a classroom. I’m glad you were able to spend a little time in writing workshop — I know you love those moments. 🙂

  7. Linda Baie says:

    That’s great that he listened, revised, and was so pleased with his work. It must be a real thrill to work with those first graders and move them into new places with their writing. Sweet story.

  8. Those are the moments that will remain with you both. I still remember a few teachers who encouraged me when I was young, & it’s always a kick to meet a former student who has fond memories of having been in my class.
    Kathy Cannon Wiechman (Swagger Writers)

  9. Carrie says:

    This is such a great story. So cool how teaching writing to kids can have lessons for us as well

  10. Pen and Ink says:

    I love hearing revision is happening in First Grade. I have been trying to talk to some second graders about it.

  11. So inspiring! I love watching those little brains!!


  12. twymer41 says:

    Revising in 1st grade, music to my ears. Awesome.

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