Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Wizardry Writing Wednesday - All About Me

Good day young scribes!
Have you sharpened your pencils? Filled your backpacks with notebooks and paper? It's that time... or soon will be... for back to school.

You know one of the first things you'll be asked when you walk into that classroom is "Tell us about yourself!"

This is an important question, friends. Who are you? How will you fit into this classroom community?

Do you have your summer journals? Let's find a clean page and brainstorm some questions. Parents, you can help your children think about these questions and answer them. For smaller children, pick one or two and help them write their thoughts while they draw the pictures.

1. Give us the basics: How old are you, where were you born, what do you look like? Draw a picture of yourself. (Might as well get some practice in on this, you'll be asked to draw yourself doing various things throughout the year.)

2. Where have you been? Make a list of states, countries and places you've visited, or lived in.
Do you have any interesting facts or memories about those places? Write a short note about it. You never know when these little antidotes will come in handy. Like when asked to write a paper on where you've been, or about an important memory. May as well be prepared. That's what I'm here for.

3. Create a normal daily schedule. What time do you get up in the morning, and go to bed? What activities do you enjoy doing during the day. If you put play video games from 8am until 9pm, we need to talk. Seriously, get outside for a bit. ;0)

4. Now, I want you to write a letter of introduction. In this letter, tell your teacher one important fact about yourself that you like for people to know. Do you have a favorite nickname you want to be called? Do you love strawberry ice cream? Does the thought of making friends make your stomach twist in knots?

Then, think of what you really would like to learn about this year. Is there anything you are curious about?

What subjects are you an Ace at? Which ones leave you all in a flutter?

Finally, end your letter with a statement of your intentions. What effort are you willing to put into your learning? Will you do your homework? Pay attention in class? Be kind to others? Think about this, because it's important. You are responsible for your learning. That old adage, "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make them drink" applies to you. The teacher can provide the learning material, but you have to be the one to take it in, learn it.

I'm eager to hear about how your first days of school go.
Leave a comment anytime.

Happy Writing friends!
Let your imagination weave some wacky tales. 
Wiz. Lexiconi, Sr. Mage 1st class: Fabulist extraordinaire.

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