Writing and Art – a perfect pairing

A talented class of art students are collaborating with Mrs. Wojtera’s Wonderful Ones on a regular basis this year.

Each month, Mrs. Reese brings one of her art classes from Radford High School to visit and mentor these young writers. Our main focus has been personal narrative – or as Lucy Calkins calls it –  a “small moment” story. As our writing fluency improves, the pairs are now able to spend some time collaborating on the artwork, as well.

We work toward telling a small moment story, by taking inspiration from reading and studying stories that model this ‘little slice of time’.  Some of our favorites have been A Chair for My Mother by Vera Williams and The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.

The relationships that my students are building are priceless. They feel a connection and work to write their best. I hope that the high school students are getting as much out of this as we are!

There are people on couches, floors, sitting at small tables, at desks, on pillows, – all over the classroom! The energy fills the room! Check out these photos from their last visit on Friday.

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