The first homework assignment in Room 204 is to look at the world with the eyes of a writer.  This is the first step of writing.  I don’t teach it by myself; many authors help through the books we use as mentor texts. Authors help teach us how to look, but it takes practice to really see the world around us.  The words on paper become our new medium of “show and tell.”   Looking is the first assignment and it is a regular weekend assignment.  It is always my homework assignment, too.  To get back in practice, I took a camera to document the way I look; the result is this piece of digital storytelling that will be used in Writing Workshop.

Look at the World With the Eyes of a Writer

About Annie Campbell

Annie Campbell is a National Board Certified teacher and loves her work. After a forty year career in the classroom, she continues to support teachers. Annie enjoys cooking for family and friends; she likes to lose herself in a good book; she loves discovering new ideas, restaurants, perfect picnic places, and movies with her husband, Ben.
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4 Responses to Look!

  1. Tricia says:

    I can’t believe summer’s over and we haven’t had that cup of coffee yet! I have some wonderful books for you. Are you up to an afternoon meet-up next week?

  2. Annie says:

    Yes!!! I’ll email you.

  3. Patrick Dillon says:

    The video was excellent, and I must say, a great way to look at city. It seems to be a refreshing way to get reconnected with the world as a writer. I think it shows your dedication to what you teach to come back and find that spark, again and again.

  4. Lisa Benson says:

    While I was watching the video I saw the pictures but not until I started asking questions to myself did I realize I could write something about those bridges. I also felt like a lot of my words were coming from the collection of stories that I have read and movies that I have seen. It makes me wonder if the words I write are authentic because I am describing what I think of something at that moment.

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