Let’s Make a Story: Making and Writing

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Linda KrystekMeet the Maker
Linda Krystek, Director of Innovation in Teaching and Learning

What is your most used emoji?

❤️

If you had to eat one meal every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Hot pastrami sandwich with mustard and lots of pickles.

What’s your favorite place of all the places you’ve traveled?

Kaua’i. I fell in love with this gorgeous magical island, and I can’t wait to go back!

What’s your favorite quote?

I have two:

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” —Rachel Carson

“Sunsets are proof that no matter what happens, every day can end beautifully.” —Kristen Butler

What is the “why” for this week’s “Making Magic”? 

When coaching and mentoring facilitators, the question that comes up the most is this: How do I teach writing in a remote learning environment?

To be honest, this is an issue even when teaching in person! Print creates a barrier for many learners and facilitators as well. In her book Hacking the Writing Workshop, Angela Stockman calls this “the perils of print paralysis.” Stockman believes the maker movement has empowered learners to create, imagine and build as a springboard for writing. She incorporates design thinking and making to provide a framework for facilitators to interpret the world beyond traditional text and to inspire learners to integrate curiosity, wonder, playfulness and innovation into their writing.

This Week’s Focus: 5 Teaching Strategies That Turn a Writing Workshop into a Maker Space

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How can we use design thinking and making to create engaging distance learning experiences for writers?

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In the spring of 2020, Angela Stockman and her husband made a magical place for the children in their neighborhood. Recently she began writing a children’s story about it. In this lesson, writers explore the draft of the story before being challenged to make a magical place of their own and then write about it.

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Angela Stockman, author of Hacking the Writing Workshop and Make Writing: 5 Teaching Strategies That Turn Writer’s Workshop Into a Maker Space, recently shared a Make Writing lesson idea in her Building Better Writers Facebook group. She was inspired by a gnome home that she and her husband created in their front yard, which captivated her neighborhood and inspired authentic writing experiences for young and old alike.

According to Stockman, writers made magical places from whatever loose parts they had on hand at home and returned ready to share their creations. On the second day together, Stockman shared a slide deck with all the writers, and they were invited to take a photo of the magical place they created and add it to the deck.

Each writer added a single slide that included a photo or video, their first names and last initials. She made sure there were enough blank slides available to writers before our sessions began. Writers also shared a single sentence that revealed the magic behind their creations. She shared her own example first: “The gnome home is special because it made people and pets feel less alone.” They practiced writing sentences in the chat, and they raised their hands to speak, too.

Once all of the images, videos and sentences were added, the learners were able to explore one another’s work. There, they gained new ideas before tinkering, playing with the magical places and writing a bit more.

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Five-Slide Stories

Use this template to create a five-slide story using the strategy “Somebody Wanted But So Then” as an outline. Make a copy for each learner and invite writers to use any modality they wish to compose their stories. Model how to drop doodles, images, audio files and videos into each page. Encourage your learners to use different modes of expression for each before choosing the one that is the best fit for their stories.

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Angela’s slide deck for a Five-Slide Story

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