Genre Writing in Kindergarten

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Genre Writing in Kindergarten

Genre Writing in Kindergarten

April 28 Deedee 3 min read

Genre writing in kindergarten engages students in writing and moves them along the writing continuum. Students write informational text and narrative texts. In this post I share several examples of different genres of writing from my kindergarten students.

Genre writing in kindergarten is not as difficult as you might think.  I have been working on various types of genre writing in a kindergarten classroom and we have been having a blast!

Informational Text

When I first started working with this class, they were just wrapping up informational text writing.  We were ready to head into the writing genre of small moments.   But not everyone was ready to let go of informational text.  In my opinion, that is okay.  Just like there are types of genres I like to read, there are also certain types of genres I like to write in.  So do students.   As long as the student attempts writing the genre we are working in during the 4 weeks of instruction, I am happy.  If they can demonstrate proficiency in that genre, they I don’t ask them to restrict their writing.

Genre Writing in Kindergarten

Genre Writing in Kindergarten

Genre Writing in Kindergarten

This boy CLEARLY knows a LOT about insects and bugs.  It is his passion… so naturally he wants to write about it.

Small Moments

So we launched our small moment genre writing by introducing a few of the anchor charts for this unit.  This class was really struggling with being risk takers with their spelling.  But after a few days of lessons, they became quite independent little spellers.  The spelling panic was behind them!

Genre Writing in Kindergarten

Soon we had a little Rocky Mountain Fishing!  I love her mountains!  Check out the details in her illustrations!Genre Writing in Kindergarten

Genre Writing in Kindergarten

Genre Writing in Kindergarten

Fiction Writing

We spend about 4 weeks in each genre before we move onto another genre.  Next up for our writing was fiction writing!  Oh! My!  They really love this type of writing and it is a great way to finish out the year.  The students are excited.  We have only worked on fiction for a few days, but they took to it immediately.

Genre Writing in Kindergarten

I have never learned so much about Minecraft than I have over the last few days.  Minecraft… all day, every day!  Sigh!  However, we can still see the qualities of fiction regardless of the subject.  More importantly, when students select the topic of their writing, they are more engaged.  [NOTE TO SELF: It is not about me.]

Genre Writing in Kindergarten

Genre Writing in Kindergarten

Genre Writing in Kindergarten

Here is another piece from a student.  I love how she added labels and speech bubbles.  Speech bubbles were part of our mini-lessons and she added them to her fiction writing.

Genre Writing in Kindergarten

Genre Writing in Kindergarten

This line… LOVE:  “Next the hedgehog was about to give up until…”  Building anticipation!   She even used the ellipsis!   I may have gotten goosebumps over this piece.

Genre Writing in Kindergarten

We also add the genre writing anchor charts to our strategy wall.  I just layer one chart over the other.  In this way, if I have to go back and remind a student of something I have already taught them, they are literally at my fingertips.

So there you have it!

Genre writing in kindergarten engages students in writing and moves them along the writing continuum. Students write informational text and narrative texts. In this post I share several examples of different genres of writing from my kindergarten students.

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We love genre writing in kindergarten.  It provides enough variety to keep us extremely engaged which, in turn, keeps us moving along the writing continuum.  As I said, I don’t require the students to ONLY write in the genre we are studying, but the fun and creativity are infectious.

 

2 Comments

  • Marsha McGuire April 28 at 11:36 pm

    Woohoo! You did it and it looks amazing! Congratulations friend.

    • Deedee April 28 at 11:38 pm

      Thank you for all of your encouragement and words of wisdom! Love you friend!

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