I had the pleasure of visiting a 2nd grade class today to have an adventure with words and language. The kids were so much fun and so full of ideas and energy.
I started out by asking the kids if they knew what it meant to be a writer. Most of them said that writers write books or stories. Then we played with words for awhile...orally of course. After we were done, I asked the kids if people could be a writers if they only wrote one word.
Without any hesitation all of the kids said, "NO!"
Guess what I did next? Fortunately, this is a school where I can access my blog (I can't at many schools) so I pulled up the photo of the deer in the midst of a forest fire. Then I pulled up YOUR comments (thank you very much).
We went down the list and read your comments out loud. Then I asked the kids the same question, "Are these people writers?"
This time, without hesitation, each and every child said "YES!"
When I asked them why they changed their minds, the kids told me that your words described the photo or that they told a story. You should be impressed. I was.
Then I showed the kids a different photo (of my horse in the pasture) and told them to use one word to describe what they saw. Because of you, the kids had no reservations and were little creativity machines.
Thank you so much for writing with me and being a part of my school visit. When I talk about how writers inspire other writers, I'm not kidding. You just inspired 24 kids and their teacher! Next time I'll video tape the whole thing so you can see!
What does being a writer mean to you?