Writing during guided reading is a great way to guide emergent writers. See how I use guided writing in my small group to help my kindergarten students with their writing progress.
Guided Reading and Writing
Let me share about the guided writing work I do with my students as a part of our guided reading lesson. This book is from Rigby Sails. I love them because of their high-frequency words! Students can read engaging books successfully. Nonfiction and fiction are awesome. My only wish is that they would change the font a little. The capital “I” looks like a lowercase “l”. Nothing a Sharpie won’t fix.
After reading the book, we do a quick 5-minute write. I try to focus more on the conventions during this time. This group worked on different types of punctuation.Roar! This next group of pictures is from another guided reading book. I thought I had grabbed this guided reading book to scan at home, but I bet it is still on my desk at school. The book was about the different creatures, the number of legs they had, and what they used their legs for. It is a level C text.
Just keeping it real! Not every student produces writing that looks amazing. However, let me tell you my thoughts. This little friend was able to pull out quite a few sounds. He returned to his writing again and again. He did edit the word “have”. If you look at the lines he drew for words, you can see the “H” is in front of the line. That is because he went back and added it. His writing has meaning and it supports his illustration. This is LEAPS AND BOUNDS beyond the large muscle scribble scrabble in September. We are on our way!
During writers’ workshop, we read and reread Cynthia Rylant’s book, Snow. I am a self-professed Rylant junkie! We lingered over this illustration. There is so much to see. The young girl is drawing summer pictures. Grandma is planning out her garden. Wonderful details. We also talked about the colors that the illustrator, Laura Stringer, choose. Warm colors that feel cozy for the inside and cool colors that almost make you shiver for the outside. One of my little sweeties noticed this book on the table. Yep, Scarecrow! Also illustrated by Laura Stringer (we had to go back and check).
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- Writers Workshop: Second Week of Kindergarten
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