If you’ve read any of my posts this year then you may have seen a common thread. That thread? That I’ve been behind with everything, from reading to writing to life itself. When NaNoWriMo came around I knew I wanted to participate. Yet, I knew I couldn’t take on another activity and fully commit to it. So, I did some research and found the young writer’s program.
NaNoWriMo’s YWP was a great alternative for me. This website offers lesson plans aligned to the common core standards and a place for young writers to track their goals and collaborate. Going through the website I was very impressed by all of the resources NaNoWriMo had to offer. I knew I wanted to incorporate this into my classroom.
I am a 6th and 7th grade ELA teacher. So, this seemed to be a natural fit for me. This program has offered a new way to show students why author’s use literary devices and techniques. No longer are we just talking about the skills. Now students are reading model texts and utilizing these techniques in their own writing.
The best part of all of this? My students are loving participating in NaNoWriMo. They have written more than they could ever have imagined. They’ve fallen in love with writer’s craft and I am so proud of them. They are reaching their goals and going above and beyond. I was unsure how my students would respond to this activity. However, it has become something they beg to do. They have also committed to writing in their free time (when that is not required.) I am so happy to see these students grow to love writing and appreciate novels even more.
This will certainly be an activity I continue through the rest of my teaching career. Guiding my students to participate in NaNoWriMo has been far more rewarding than even participating myself.