This week we are searching the galaxy of ideas to writing topics. Using the T-Chart brainstorming strategy, students are searching the galaxy of their minds for their likes/dislikes, typical events/unusual events, and more to create lists of ideas that could later be fodder for journal style, real-life story telling. The students will review their t-charts this week and begin the rough draft of a story from their own lives. As they write, we will take a break to review story elements using a music video to unpack the elements of good storytelling and compare what we learn to the stories they have begun. This writing will continue into next week.