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.