Here’s a story circle at Dover Middle School. 7:45 am.
We all moved our chairs to Mike’s small table in the middle of his circle. Just chairs and interview notes. I handed off my digital recorder and the kdis took over, sharing their stories. They had begun their DS project, interviewing an older relative, a grandparent, a great-grand parent.
Some kids had clearly defined stories, some had a page of life details, some had plans, but everyone share something. I asked questions, Mike asked questions, classmates asked questions. Everyone appluaded the teller and we were all excited by the power of the voice, uncovering life nuggets.
5 classes of 6th graders will continue to live with their stories as they move them with Mike and Lorraine, to a story map, to a first draft, sharing with a partner and conferencing with Mike. I won’t be bacl until the end of March, when I will get back into the process to help push their pieces to revision..
250 words. A few paragraphs to tell a big story. A challenge!
And then the photos and music…
But the heart of the piece remains the words in their voices.
5 classes of 6th graders, Exciting!
Slice of Life Challenge 18/31.