|at Two Writing Teachers!|
|A taste of the comments left on my introduction!|
|My "dig" filled 5 binders!|
Today, I'd like to share the central part of my writing life: writing to remember and reflect. For me, the primary function of writing has always been personal. I write to express my emotions, develop my thinking, and capture memorable moments. When I dug through my past writing, many of the artifacts reflected this... and I knew there were others that I couldn't even find!
Here are some of the highlights from this section:
- early childhood: I found LOTS of biographical labeled drawings with short text. This one is actually a pretty accurate map of where we usually walked when visiting my grandparents in Marietta, OH!
- kindergarten journals: I loved the journals we wrote in kindergarten so much that my mom helped me make my own booklets to continue journaling that summer! (The top one is ours from class and the bottom one is my homemade summer journal.) One of my CAWP colleagues commented that I "seemed like a happy child who loved many things", which captures the feelings of these journals perfectly!
|translation of the bottom page: |
"i made a parrot piñata it was
fun and it was grate it has
a beak and wings a tail feather
i drew the eyes with a crayon
it is cute i love it a lot."
- First grade journal: In first grade, I started to write a lot of stories (more on those in another post!), so my journal entries were formatted as "real stories", with title & author still listed.
- Fourth grade journal: This is actually a "book" that I made from football game stories from my journal. I was starting to add even more specific details (later in this entry, I listed stats for all my favorite players and the names of all the seniors!), while also attempting to develop a more unique voice.
- middle school & high school journals: I started pasting bits of realia from my life to enhance my journal entries in middle and high school. Unlike the previous journals, these were never school activities: they lived under my bed at home, with most of the writing done by flashlight when I was supposed to be asleep! I wrote in these spiral notebooks consistently from seventh grade through the end of high school.
- travel journals: I usually kept travel journals on big trips, and when I studied abroad in Spain, I started keeping one in Spanish with lots of realia pasted in. I added to it again last summer when my husband and I vacationed in Spain!
|a page from my Spanish journal during my semester abroad|
I'll continue sharing other parts of the dig soon. What would you uncover if you dug through your writing life?