- Gather a stack of texts that are good examples of what you want to study
- Make sure the students know what it is they are studying and they are expected to write under the influence of this study.
- Immerse them in reading and talking about the gathered texts and what they noticed about how the books are written.
- Study some of them closely until they’ve become articulate (and can chart) about how people write this kind of text.
- Write (teacher and student) something that could go into a stack of books like the ones you have been studying.
These books provide wonderful examples of how action can be depicted in illustrations. See the swish lines around the basketball?
Here is one (I have a ton I could share) of a student who took this on. Prior to “writing books” Miss L would typically write, “I am playing with my dog” and she would have considered herself done.
However, by making books she has a better developed topic.
She (like many of my students) decided to write her words on the left side of her paper and place the illustrations on the right, so you can’t see her words. They were written in typical kindergarten writing with inventive spelling… AWESOME!
She worked on this book for 4 days. She informed me today that she felt she was done, and wanted to start a new book.
Students keep their writing in a simple pocket folder. You can see I have placed a green dot (still working) on one side. The other side has a red dot (done).
All of the folders are kept in these two hanging pocket charts.
Man! This was a windy post. AND I didn’t even capture it all. What a great week we had in writers workshop! Are you interested in reading more? Let me know~ I can do some follow-up posts as our weeks progress.
Now onto the winner!
Congratulations Cheryl from Crayons and Curls!!!!
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