Saturday, August 17, 2013

BAM! POW! WOW! Get Your Students WRITING!

Do you need a motivating way to get your students to write?  Let them become Superhero Writers!    I use BAM, POW, WOW to help young students connect to writing.  BAM is for adding details.  POW is for using powerful words.  WOW is for checking their stories for correct capitalization, punctuation, and spelling.  For young children, most of their time needs to be spent writing their stories and adding details. If we want our students to value writing and be motivated to write more, we need to encourage them to write about topics they choose instead of having them write to a prompt.  I add a kinesthetic and visual movement with this as seen in the pictures below.
These are the motions we do as we talk about our writing.
Use the BAM! POW! WOW! chart to help students evaluate their own writing.
This is one of the cheers that that we do to celebrate our writing. The students who share their writing at the end of Writer's Workshop get to lead the class in the cheer.  You can also substitute the student's name and say "The name of the student" is a Super Writer Now!
I created these multimedia files to use with the Superhero Theme and writing.  You can view these on my Teachers Pay Teachers store for more information.  I've included a small video clip from each file.  The link will be in the comment after the video file.
IDEA SUPERHEROES Click HERE to read more about this multimedia file.  Teach your students where writers get their ideas for writing.
LETTER SUPERHEROES Click HERE to read more about this multimedia file.  Teach your students when to use a capital letter.

SPELLING SUPERHEROES Click HERE to read more about this multimedia file.  Teach your students when to use a capital letter.

The Super Hero to the Writing Rescue Multimedia files also include songs for teaching:

NARRATIVE SUPERHEROES - Teach your students the steps for writing a personal narrative. Click HERE.
OPINION SUPERHEROES - Teach your students the steps for opinion writing. Click HERE.
PUNCTUATION SUPERHEROES - Teach your students when to use a period, question mark, or exclamation point at the end of a sentence. Click HERE.

I combined them all into a SUPERHERO BUNDLE SET.  Click HERE for more information.  

And what's even better is they are on sale Sunday, August 18, 2013 & Monday, August 19, 2013.  Everything in my store is 28% off.  Use the discount code BTS13 when you check out.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have fun teaching your students about BAM! POW! WOW!

”Letter Superheroes,” “Punctuation Superheroes,” “Spelling Superheroes,” “Idea Superheroes,” “Opinion Superheroes,” and “Narrative Superheroes” are part of the Super Heroes to the Writing Rescue multimedia series by Kathy Griffin. Music performed, recorded, and produced by Lane A. Lollar and Maury Tindle at Studio Two Recording, Tulsa, OK. Words by Kathy Griffin and music by Lane Lollar © Copyright 2013. 


  1. This is a really cute concept! I like it!
    Thanks, Kathy!

    1. Thanks Heidi! That means a WHOLE LOT coming from you:-)