Friday, November 8, 2013

NaNoWriMo's Young Writers Program

For the adult writers out there, we have NaNoWriMo. Our goal? To write 50k in the month of November. But what about the teens who dream about becoming a famous author? Well, there's NaNoWriMo's Young Writers Program.

This year, I am taking this to my classroom! I have a wonderful class of filled with 24, 8th graders who are extremely creative and motivated. I wish I could have captured the light in their eyes as I introduced this project to them; they were and are super excited to write!

In fact, it was a request that I create writing playlists for our writing time! Now we are not planning to write 50k in class. That is actually way too much, seeing that I only have 40 minutes a day with them and still need to teach curriculum. Instead, I had them write for a class period and then multiply that with the days left in November to create a personal goal for themselves. 

With November full of writing time, December will be the time for us to focus on editing and revising. I truly believe that this project will do more for my students than any other writing I'll do in other classes. It's more personal, plus very skill-based. I hope many more classrooms out there encourage their students to participate in NaNoWriMo.

Happy writing!

1 comment:

  1. I started a NaNo group on my college campus--different age group and implementation, but still, it's fun to encourage young writers to participate!