When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant

Inspired by Cynthia Rylant’s childhood spent with her grandparents in the mountains of West Virginia, Rylant lyrically describes the simplicity of living in the country using the phrase, “When I was young in the mountains. . .”.

Writers Workshop

Brainstorming Topics
This book is useful for many writers workshop lessons. After introducing writers’ notebooks to students, this book can be used to introduce a way to brainstorm topics for the notebook. After I model from my own life, I have students use the phrase, “When I was young. . . ” to begin their own brainstorming of ideas they might use as seeds for writing pieces.