Kids always seem to be excited about writing fiction, and my sixth grade students this year are no exception. They haven't bristled in the least at the mandatory plot chart, conflict type, and character development lessons that compose the prewriting stage of the unit.
In fact, their sheer enthusiasm for studying models, evaluating scenarios, and analyzing characters proves a lesson I have learned many times:
Engagement is the phoenix feather at the core of the magic wand of education.
If only there were some spell...
or Abra Relisha!
that might conjure up that heightened state of interest every day.
Why, school would be a different place indeed!