Introduction to Middle School Writing: Artifact Bags, Writing Territories, and the Writing Process
This lesson serves as an introduction to the narrative writing process helping students to brainstorm ideas, produce organized, thoughtful drafts, and understand the writing process. Students will discover their writing territories by creating a list of ideas they will use as a basis for their writing by working with artifact bags (Ziplock bags filled with trinkets, toys, memorabilia, and items students are familiar with and can write about in a writer's workshop). They will also practice each stage of the writing process (brainstorming, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing) during writing workshop. Students will receive feedback from peer reviewers at each step of the way as they perfect their writer's craft. Students will produce a final narrative essay for the summative assessment.