Third grade writers learned two strategies for generating topics for our personal narratives (stories about our lives). You can try them too:
1. Think of a person who is important to you. It's best to think of a person you spend lots of time with. A person with whom you have created lots of memories. Visualize that person. Let the memories pour into your mind. Write a list of memories.
My person is my aunt Denise. She and I are very close in age and we've done many things together over the years. When I visualize Denise these are some of the story topics that come to mind:
Burning the popcorn
Lost on the rowboat
Stuck on the paddleboat
Ask your third grade writer about the memories they wrote about.
2. Think of a place that is important to you. Think of a place where you spend lots of time. A place where you have created lots of memories. Visualize that place. Draw a quick sketch/map of that place. Let the memories pour into your mind. Label the map with your memories.
My place is a campground. I don't actually have one campground in mind. I have gone camping many times in my life so I have lots of memories at campground around New England. When I visualize campgrounds these are some of the story topics that come to mind:
year of the mosquitoes
canoe race with an anchor
The kids also listed memories of a place. Ask your child about the person/place they chose to remember. I bet you will generate an even larger list together!
We will continue using these strategies and others to develop small moments, focused stories of our lives. I can't wait to read them!