Writers’ Workshop December Kindergarten Writing
My kiddos are TOTALLY invested in writing, but their teacher is having to take very big, deep, breaths into a paper bag over the management of it. You see, I had it all figured out before we moved to books. My students would write a single page each day. After about 15 days we would publish a piece. Those pages that were not published would go into their year-long writing portfolios.
So, now what do I do with these books? After I put the staples in them they won’t go through the comb-binder. Do I take the staples out before I run them through the machine? NIGHTMARE Do I just paperclip the pages together and not staple them at all? NIGHTMARE (trust me, I tried it…nuts…papers everywhere… pandemonium). I quickly went back to giving my students a pre-stapled book of about 5-6 pages. We can add, delete, or rearrange pages as needed when they are done.
I decided to ask my kids what we should do. One of my sweeties said, “Um… Mrs. Wills, why do we want to make them into another book? They are already books.” Out of the mouths of babes.
Hence, I made a pocket to put in the back of their writing portfolios. To do this you simply take a 2-pocket folder and essentially fold it inside out. So the pockets are on the outside. Then I comb-binded (is that a word) those into their writing portfolio. You can sort-of catch a glimpse of this below.
My students have open access to their writing portfolio. They can look at it anytime they want to. We keep them all in a basket in our classroom library and I often see the students looking back at their writing during their library time. But when I showed them how I added their finished books to their portfolio, they were riveted!
They looked at their writing and I could hear them say, “Wow, look how much I have grown as a writer. This [something they wrote from September] is just scribble scrabble.” or “I used to use colors that don’t make any sense.” Hmmm… I wonder where they got the language to talk about their writing?
We also decided last week that sometimes writers have to write where it is free from distractions. I have my high-energy kiddo at the writing table by himself… He LOVES it. Some students decided to write on the floor.
I’m always excited when my writers use their resources.
Last week I told my students that sometimes writers don’t write a whole book, sometimes they just want to write a few words about something. Here are a few samples.
Here is what I could say about this writer
- He can generate a topic
- He holds language in memory while transcribing the message
- He returns to the beginning of the sentence and rereads to remember the next word
- He can write a simple message
- He attends to early concepts about print
- He attends to letter formation
- He says words slowly
- He hears and records sounds in words
- He uses resources to help (ABC chart, word wall)
- He uses spaces between words
- He writes some high-frequency words
Much of the same could be said about this writer. She has moved on to telling more. After her first sentences, she remembered that she needed to add spaces. Her second sentence is much easier to read. I made a big deal out of it and she beamed!
Can you tell that I talked about the VERY popular-in-my-class ellipsis this day?
WANTING MORE ON WRITING?
Since I LOVE talking about writing, I have a few (dozen) blog posts about writing.
- Writing Folder Organization FREE file!
- 5 Things You Need to Know About Writing
- Writers Workshop: Second Week of Kindergarten
- Or HERE to read them all
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That’s a peek at our writers’ workshop December kindergarten writing!