Whenever we write personal narratives, we want to make sure we don't just summarize what happened. Too often, we end up summarizing our stories and they end up
being rather boring. They may be well written, and can be understood, but they just don't grab the reader and make them want to read more. We call these watermelon topics (thanks
Lucy Calkins). We don't want to write watermelon topics, we want to break down the watermelon and pull out a seed story from within. This allows us to ZOOM in on the details.
To illustrate what a good seed story looks like, I have included a few examples that I have written in my journal during writing time, and the kids seem to enjoy and learn from them.
Teachers, when you write with your class, magic happens. They learn from your struggles and your successes. When you can share your thoughts through written words with them, they will
never forget the lessons you endure so hard to instill into them. Be vulnerable, take risks...write.