I visited a third grade class at Lockwood Elementary recently and was surprised by how much the kids knew about the fundamentals of writing. I read a chapter from my book and was planning to talk about the writing and publishing process with them. Turns out they knew plenty already. They were an enthustiastic bunch who related what they had learned about writing when they asked me questions.
"What's the hook in your story?"
"Are your chapters titled?"
"How long are your sentences?"
"How did you come up with the name of your characters?"
The most interesting question was, "what's your favorite transition?" I was stumped so a student brought me a handout and said, "Here's a list of transitions. I have an extra copy so you can keep it."
The kids were so kind and excited. As they headed out to recess the girls gave me hugs and the boys grabbed scraps of paper for me to autograph. I was caught off guard by their responses. I have worked with grades K-6 before and I have always favored third graders the most--they are getting a handle on things academically, but they are still in the sweet phase of life. As a final gift a little girl handed me a small composition book to write in. I will get the class to sign it when I visit them again and keep it as a reminder of my time with them. A great memory to reflect on when I'm writing.