When your student starts to tell a story about mom being nice and liking mom, simply stop them and say..."One time...." and magically they will tell a "one-time" story. I am including in this blog a sample of a lesson for using Magic Words of Story. You will be amazed at how this transforms your students' writing!
Lesson: Small Moment Story with Magic Words of Story
Materials: chart with Magic Words on it
Blank chart paper for my story.
You have been doing lots of writing. I know when I write it is easier for me to write about things that actually have happened to me. Today we are going to try to do that in this class. I sometimes have trouble though getting started. I am going to teach you a strategy today that will help you if you have trouble getting started with your stories.
Teaching:I have something that helps me. I call it Magic Words of Story. You know what a magician is…he does magic. When he wants something to magically appear he uses magic words. Well, when I want a story to appear, I use magic words…the magic words of story. I have made a chart with some of them on. (Show chart with: One time, Once, On Monday, Yesterday, Last Friday…)
I am going to write my story now. First I have to think what I want to write about. (Take time to think.)
I know I will write a story about my sister. “One time after supper my mom said, “Kathy, do the dishes.” I didn’t want to do the dishes. I said, “Why doesn’t Kris have to do the dishes?” I asked my mom. “Kris is going to practice her piano,.” Mom said. I was mad!
Now I will write my story. But how will I start it. Oh, I know I will use the Magic Words of Story. I think I will use: One time…
One time I had to do the dishes. My sister got to practice the piano. I did not want to do the dishes. I was mad!
Do you see how I used those words and a story appeared like magic?
Active Engagement: Let’s try it. Think of something you can write about. Remember it has to be a story that happened to you. Give me a thumbs up when you have an idea. Now which of the magic words will you use? Give me a thumbs up when you know. Turn to your partner and tell them what magic words you will use.
Link:From now on, if you get stuck and can’t think of how to start your story, you can just look up at the Magic Words and a story will magically appear!