What If? (SOLS) 04/26/2011
After completing the monthly challenge, I realized I needed a plan that would push me to write but also offer structure. I have decided to try to use the strategies put forth in “Craft Lessons: Teaching Writing K-8” by Ralph Fletcher and Joann Portalupi. This will allow me to practice craft with my own writing and provide, possibly, mentor texts to use in Grades Three and Four.
Exercise the Imagination: explore a single “what if” question.
What if I was that snapping turtle perched on that rock?
Sitting here. Warmed by a rare visit from the sun. Savoring the solid coolness underneath. I lazily peer out at the quiet pond. The liquid sheet of greens and grays masks a teeming banquet. If it is my wont, I could glance up at the blue sky. I relish the hint of humid air. I ignore the two shifting shadows that stop momentarily and float by. Should I crawl forward and seek food? Just a few steps, then a glide. I can wait, though. I am patient.
I would embrace my stillness if I was that snapping turtle perched on that rock.
Instead, I stop for a few seconds and peer at the snapping turtle. I quicken my pace knowing the bell will ring any minute and I must return to the frenzy of afternoon classes.
A teacher and reader who wants to practice writing--despite being a procrastinator and one of the slowest writers in the world.