My Students are NaNoWriMo-ing…

…and I’m so excited about it I can’t even contain it.

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Hello friends! Long time no blog! (I feel like I’ve had this intro in the last few postings, but it’s still true so.)

I am teaching 7th grade English (specifically writing) this year, and I offered my students the opportunity to participate in NaNoWriMo this year (through the Young Writer’s Program). My 4th period has a 30 minute advisory period, so for those students this is our project for the next month and beyond. For others, it was completely optional.

There is still one day to join in or change word counts, but as it stands right now, I have 65 students participating (35 by choice!), and we are setting out for a total of 497,700 words. (I’m trying to convince someone to raise their goal, or someone else to join in, so we can be shooting for 500,000 words!)

Some goals are as low as 1,000-2,000 words, most are in the 5,000 word range, and I even have one brave soul going for 50,000 words with me! 12 YEARS OLD!

Here’s the total word breakdown by class period (total words / no. of students participating)

1st Period Total: 100000 10
2nd Period Total: 50000 5
4th Period Total: 196100 30
5th Period Total: 48000 8
6th Period Total: 70500 7
7th Period Total: 33100 5

I’m so excited to see what kind of stories my students are going to write. During advisory yesterday, we brainstormed our story using some of the YWP educator resources. Let me share with you a few of the story ideas that I just HAD to take a picture of so I could share them:

Maybe this story is about a girl who goes to sleep and wakes up the next day to see that she doesn’t exist anymore.

Maybe this story is about how we don’t grow up, but our minds do. Then one day before our lives are over we grow into a normal person, but only for minutes until we pass.

They wanted to surprise their son with his 16th birthday bash, so all the family and friends that they knew came. While they got in the position to surprise him after they turn the lights off. A man standing outside with a gun shot through the window killing everyone. The boy finally arrived minutes later expecting a surprise, but ends up finding sadness.

Maybe this story is about a girl who one day got really sick and her father, who was a scientist, gave her a liquid he had concocted at his lab, hoping it would make her better. Then one day she felt all better, but when she dreamt, all of it would happen right away as she slept. When she had nightmares, it was very bad and dangerous. She has to learn how to control it and how to save her father.

There were others that were so good, too! These just made my mouth hang open. My students are 11 and 12 years old!

Y’all, I’m so excited about the month to come. I will share updates of their progress and my own as we traverse through NaNoWriMo together.

Happy writing,


4 thoughts on “My Students are NaNoWriMo-ing…

  1. I did this with my students one year. I actually based an entire class on it. 6 weeks leading into nano(plot and character development, setting), nano itself, and then the rest of the year finishing, editing, beta reading, editing, etc. It was a super education experience, for me that is. LOL

  2. Pingback: NaNoWriMo Eve | The Caffeinated Writer

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