The Red Wheelbarrow
William Carlos Williams
so much depends
a red wheel
glazed with rain
beside the white
Returning to my guiding question, how do I get students to think like writers (and ban the phrase ‘I have nothing to write about’ from our vocabulary) and with the research in mind, I can give my students time to write (4-5 days a week) and a predictable routine for workshop. I can listen to their stories and allow them the freedom to choose their topics and genres. But how do I get students to become constant observers of their worlds? To notice details and become “enormously taken by the things anyone else would walk by?” Who taught William Carlos Williams to do these things?
Free write: What experiences can we give students so that they can practice noticing details and the things most people ignore? How can we encourage them to become life-long observers of their worlds?
Write for a couple of minutes and then please share your ideas at your table. Write down your favorite ones on a separate sheet of paper- I will add them to the blog!