Guys Write for Guys Read, a collections of stories edited by Jon Scieszka. These stories are from successful writers sharing their story of growing up trying to be a guy. Some stories are funny, some not so. Some stories are adventurous, others just make you think. But almost all of the stories are interesting.
One of my favorites is by Dan Gutman called Let's Go to the Videotape. In this story, Gutman tells the tale of himself, the skinniest, most unathletic kid in his school playing kickball. Through shear anger and luck he manages to kick a homerun and be a hero for the day. This moment of glory has stuck with him throughout his lifetime.
But sometimes, when I'm lying in bed at night before I fall asleep, I roll this mental videotape I have of the time I kicked a basket in gym class. In my mind, I watch myself kick that basket over and over again.
I'll bet every kid has at least one of those moments in his life when he did something really, really great, something really unexpected.
Close your eyes and think of that moment from time to time. Remember it just the way it happened. Never let that video fade away. Someday, forty years from now, when you're lying in bed at night, you might want to replay it.
What about it Reading Workshop students? Your assignment for today is to tell me of a time when you had a great moment. Tell me of a time when things went just right.