Excited about writing in first grade

How do you get your first grade class excited to practice writing?
Ms. Bour knows the secret! Because when she transitions with her students to writing, they cheer every time.  That’s because they are writing their very own comic books.  They started with a story map to organize their stories. They have been practicing writing dialogue and they have been collaborating with Mr. Mirsky in art class to illustrate their comics. They even invited their fifth grade buddies to help them edit and revise their work. We cannot wait to read their creative stories!