I haven’t written about writing in awhile… where does the time go?
Writer’s workshop is alive and well in my classroom. We have been busy writing “How-to’s” and “All About Books” over the last few months. Here’s a glimpse of what has been going on.
We are really working on making our writing readable! The finger space is sort of a big deal!
Writing time is sacred. Very little gets in the way. When we have to cut it out for some reason… the littles in my room complain. I would venture to say that we LOVE WRITER’S WORKSHOP!
We usually start out with some modeled writing. Yes! This really happened! AND I am pretty sure that is what my face looked like. My hair was probably just straight up!
On this day, we worked on mechanics. Normally, mechanics are embedded in each lesson, but on this day, my lessons were explicit. I am trying to get those capital letters out of the middle of the text. They did a great job of correcting my mistakes!
We also worked on re-evaluating our writing goals. Letting students select their own writing goal is POWERFUL! You can grab this FREE chart at the end of this post.
Here is a student sample from about 4 weeks ago.
This student goes to the stamping station to work because he does better when he can write on his own.
You can probably tell that we talked a lot about transition words.
I play instrumental music through Pandora! It is quiet and calming!
Sharing is so important. It is time well spent! Those students who had a writing conference shares to the whole class, but then EVERYONE shares with their partner.
This stand is great for showing someone’s work to the entire classroom. I put an iPad in it and link the camera to my classroom projector. You can find them HERE.
People ask me how I lead students into loving writer’s workshop and writing independently. We have spelled it out for you for the ENTIRE year. Step-by-step lessons are provided. These are great if you are new to writer’s workshop or if you are wanting a little more structure. If you are more familiar with writer’s workshop, these are a great supplement to your current program or lessons.
How is writing going in your room?
Grab the free goal setting chart in this big curriculum download.