This is a lesson I use in the start of the year to teach about small moments vs big moments.
Connection: Who loves to eat watermelon? All the hands raise! Yes, I love to eat watermelon also. I love to eat slices of watermelon, small pieces are much better to taste than the whole watermelon. But you know those seeds that we spit out when we have one in our mouth? Every time I spit out a seed I think about writing. Just like in writing we want to remember to write about a small moment that has happened in our life, not the whole story or whole watermelon.
Teaching point: "Writer's today I want to teach you the difference between writing about a watermelon vs writing about a seed." As writers we want to remember to think about moment and then pick on small part of that moment to write about, like a seed in a watermelon.
Let me show you what I mean, I want to write about the time I went fishing. I start to think about the watermelon, I want to write about the moment that I pull the fish out the water, like a seed, not the whole day I was fishing. I start to write about the moment that I start to pull the fish out of the water...
Now I want you to try this. Turn and talk with your partner about a moment that you want to write about. Think about that moment and share with your partner the seed of the story, not the whole story like I did. Turn and Talk
Link: Remember that every time we write a small moment story I want you to think about the watermelon vs the seed. We want to think about writing about the most important part of our story. Each and every day you write remember to write about the most important moment of your story.