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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Superhero Saturday!

I taught my first creative writing class today! And it was... drum roll, please... a great success! Yes, indeedy! Today was the first of four Superhero Saturdays...


The class was made up of five smart, funny, energetic 8 to 10-year-olds... three boys and two girls (I expected all boys, given the subject matter, so I was quite pleased). The number was perfect, as there were a couple of chatterboxes, and it gave everyone the opportunity to talk. I love how enthusiastic they were to share their ideas -- and they were full of ideas!

Today we worked on building a foundation for their stories and coming up with back-story. They also drew their superheroes and I was amazed at one little girl's talent... she has a career in graphic novel illustration for sure! So after fleshing out their characters, we wound up with a couple of techno-centric heroes, a superdog, a 3-eyed female superhero with X-Ray vision, and (my personal favorite) a time-traveling pioneer hero. It was way cool!

All the kids had as much fun as I did and left looking forward to next week. And I'm looking forward to bringing you more Superhero Saturday updates! Stay tuned... same bat time... same bat channel...

30 comments:

bearly domesticated boneman said...

can the time traveling pioneer hero come and put my eight year old butt in your classes?
It sounds so fun!

Alyce said...

Well done you. It sounds like a laugh - wish the creative writing teachers I had were like you! You should totally get a 'super writer' shirt made up. And maybe a nice cape to match...

justsomethoughts... said...

cause no supehero male would ever be allowed x-ray vision
what kind of crap is THAT ?!
HUH?!

Jenera said...

That is so awesome! I would have never thought of taking a class like that at their age. but then again, I'm not very creative so...

Yay! for super heroes!

Diane said...

Boneman, I'd welcome the 8-year-old you :)

Alyce, my sweet! How I wish you lived in this hemisphere... I'd get you a matching cape! xo

JST... it was actually a boy who came up with that particular superhero/super power!

Jenera, I suspect you're far more creative than you give yourself credit for being :)

Debbie said...

I am so proud of you! I ALSO so wish my budding writer (my 10 year old) could know you and learn from you!!!!

Pearl said...

I'm so jealous! Good for you, Diane!!

Pearl

Marla said...

That is so awesome, Diane! You are a superhero for teaching these kids to write.

Alyssa said...

That is a terrific idea and I would love to enroll my daughter (who is still to young now) when time is right in something similar- great blog

Protege said...

Children love superheros, my nephew is crazy about Spiderman. :))
xo
Zuzana

Rachel Cotterill said...

That sounds fantastic! I'm so glad it went well :)

Emmy said...

Of course my child was one of the chatterboxes! He did love the class though and can't wait for the next one! You did a great job!!

Brian Miller said...

how cool is that...

Andy said...

Congrats! That has to be a fun way to spend a day, helping kids write about superheroes

That Baldy Fella said...

Cool! Sounds like my kind of class...

swenglishexpat said...

And, hm hm, were you yourself dressed like that when you delivered the lesson? ;-)

Shanna said...

You are one awesome chick! Changing lives, one kid at a time! Are you going to be able to post some of their stories when they're done or is that not allowed because of copyrights? Maybe they'll give you permission? ;)

sherri said...

I bet you're an awesome teacher! I think this is a fantabulous idea...and, if they need someone to prof red and spelchck, snd thm to me.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!

Sounds like you're doing great work...and having fun at the same time!

Col
xox

Lee said...

Holey bat-socks!

blognut said...

I never doubted for a minute that you'd be great at this! I can't wait to hear the updates!

XO

Sheila said...

Oh, what fun! Congratulations on starting this great journey. I hope your students learn as much from you as you will from them.

mo.stoneskin said...

I'm assuming you wore a cape to the class.

Sometimes Sophia said...

What a great project!! Well done for getting five little ones all fired up about writing. Can't wait to hear more.

J Cosmo Newbery said...

"This suit does not permit the wearer to fly..."

Jenners said...

Please please please ask them if you can share the stories and drawings on your blog!!!! Please ... I beg you!

She said...

Awesome! I'd be She-rah, Princess of Power!

I love how much fun you all had!

Pauline said...

bravo for helping kids love to write!

dec0r8or said...

Yay for people like you who give their time to our kids to make them grow up with bigger imaginations, and the ability to express themselves. BRAVO!

Live More Now said...

So much fun!! Yay, good for you! I wish I could be one of the 8 year olds in your class!!!