Over the summer I spent a lot of time reading the works of Katy Wood Ray. In our writer's workshop we have been working with one of her strategies and "imaging the life" behind the books we have been reading. Our guided question for the past two weeks has been "What experiences might the author have had to give them the idea for this story." Last week we made Halloween Hang-ups by Martha Stewart and "imagined" the life behind our creepy characters. I used one of Ralph Fletcher's writing strategies called writing through the mask to help guide their writing. The kids ran with this and did an amazing job! My most reluctant writer was busily writing for the entire workshop! Here are some pictures of the hang-ups.