NaNoWriMo: Let’s get ready!

DP #24: What Makes Writing Good?

Think about some of your favorite novels. What makes them your favorites? Explain, trying to get as detailed as possible. Do you notice any patterns in the types of books you like and why you like them?

Write for five minutes.

Students, you are about to embark upon something pretty incredible: NaNoWriMo.

Say what?

National Novel Writing Month.

That’s right. Each of you is going to write a novel in just 30 days, starting November 1st and ending November 30th.

It’s totally possible. Stop panicking!  🙂

Here’s what you need to know:

Quantity is better than quality (except for the blog post excerpt).

You may not “officially” start writing until November 1st.

We will spend the next few days preparing to begin full-blown novel writing in exactly ONE WEEK.

This Friday, you will be signing up for a NaNoWriMo Young Writers account and joining our virtual class.

You’ll be typing your novel directly on the site (or copying and pasting it to the site). You will earn badges for completing word count progress goals.

You’ll be learning about how to write fiction the entire month of November, both in class and on the site.

You’ll have your teacher and your classmates cheering you on every step of the way.

You’ll be assessed both formatively and summatively for this.

Formative assessments will include:

weekly word count progress

meeting your word count goal

mini assignments/activities along the way to keep you on track and motivated

The summative assessment will be a blog post with a well-polished excerpt from your novel.

In addition to mini incentives along the way, we will have a big celebration party when we complete this tremendous task!

Time for questions!

Now, time for your first set of goodies!

Each of you is receiving a “Young Novelist Workbook,” complete with a folder and fancy NaNoWriMo sticker to decorate it. Let’s put those together now. It’s the only copy you will get, so treat it with respect and don’t lose it! We will be working with it the entire unit.

Let’s read the intro letter together.

Now let’s read about the Inner Editor.

Let’s complete the activity, “What Makes a Novel a Novel?” in your workbooks, considering the books you listed in your daily prompt.

Optional assignment: complete pages 7-9 “Good Novel, Bad Novel” if you want to keep exploring novels you’ve read. This can be a great starting point for generating ideas!


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