I took a time out this morning and volunteered to lead a reading group in my daughter’s 3rd grade classroom. They were studying action verbs or, as Mrs. Pappas called them, Wow Verbs. They started with a story full of boring words like went, got and going. Within 20 minutes, the stories were full of dancing, swishing, galloping, skidding, racing action. I could even hear the difference in their voices as they read their action-packed versions. These new stories were fun, even exciting.
On the drive home, I started thinking about how we as adults tell our own stories. (more…)