Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Drumroll... We're done!

Dear Parents/Guardians of Nanowrimo authors,

After a month of slogging and sweating and creating and correcting, it is time to WIN.

In Computers tomorrow, students will be asked to verify their word count for their novels by cutting and pasting the text into the Nanowrimo Word Count Validator.

See here for more information: http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/node/1091548

Once the word count has been verified, your author will be proclaimed a winner of the challenge, and will be eligible for the prize!

Your involvement is necessary for the prize, however. Please see this for more details:




The students have worked hard. We will be Youblishing the stories, too, but I want to give them a little time off of the stories before making final revisions/editing. I think they'll be in a better space to edit once they've had a short break from the stories.


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Home stretch!

Nanowrimo was not assigned for homework, although some students chose to continue working on their novel at home. However, we are now in the final week of writing. To be on track for completion on time, your writer should be at 75%.

So, the homework this week is going to be for everyone to be at 90% by the end of the week, and 100% by next Wednesday (November 30).

Remember, the writing itself takes place on Google Docs, but the nanowrimo site needs to be updated after writing is done. Students were given my email address in case of technology issues (such as password issues, etc.)

Thanks for continuing to support your budding novelist!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Check in on your budding novelist!

I am so impressed; Division 7 was floundering a bit this week when it came to our Nanowrimo goals. On Wednesday we were 14% of the way to completion with about a third of the month gone by. By Thursday we were at 18%, but many ambitious writers had increased their personal goals, finding that the Young Writers Program guidelines were too conservative for their abilities! Way to reach for the stars, Div. 7 writers!!

However, today I am thrilled to see that our class is at 42%, which is where we should be! Yay!!

Please ask your budding novelist to show you his or her story (on Google Docs). At this point we have learned about the structure of a story, good beginnings, and we've talked about character, so hopefully you see some of those lessons reflected in the writing. Next week we will talk about setting and good endings.

Also, remind your writer to make sure he or she has updated the YWP Nanowrimo site with the latest word count!