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Writers Workshop… I love kid writing!

April 15 Deedee 3 min read
Looking for ideas for writing activities for your class? Check out these kindergarten writers workshop ideas, including examples from one of my students!
 
Shamelessly, I have carried these student samples around for MONTHS!
 
I audibly gasped when I saw this date… (um…3 months in my bag?  How does that happen?)
 
Forgive me my sweet kinder friend!
All About Polar Bears

 

First polar bears can run and with claws swim far.  Polar bears can catch seals.

 

Next polar bears can have two cubs.  Polar bears have thick coats [when they] grow up.

 

Then polar bears are careful with their babies.  Polar bears have long legs.

 

Then polar bears have webbed feet.  Polar bears can be ten feet long and run fast.
 
My young friend took editing very seriously!  This was written shortly after our procedural unit, so he was holding onto those transitional words.  He did have the support of some of our schema charts we did while we read Ice Bear, but he put it all together with zero help from me.  I was impressed!
 
I also sort of love that HE was on each page of his “All About” book.  Think ~ Marlin Perkins narrating a Mutual of Omaha documentary.  Those of you who are too young to know what I am talking about… just politely nod and move along.
 
Bamboo

 

Bamboo.  You have to put them in water.  Bamboo grows if you put them in water.

 

Bamboo grows and grows and grows.  Bamboo grows.    Do you notice the split screen in her illustration?  Yes, it sure did grow!

 

I have bamboo in my restaurant.  No more bamboo at my restaurant.  Split screen again.

 

I go to St. Louis to get some more.  I am here and my family are [is] here.  Again she has a split screen
This little friend really grasped the idea of showing contrasting images through a “split screen.”  I honestly don’t really recall highlighting this illustrative technique, but we are constantly analyzing illustrators’ work to see what we notice and how we can walk in their footsteps.
 
She also speaks three languages!  THREE!!!   Her growth in English has been impressive to watch!
 
I went to [a] dance.   I love the guy with the guitar in the background.

 

I checked into the hotel and went in an elevator.   There is that split screen again…ha!

 

I get my dress and boots and my sister gets her dress.

 

And we got in a bus.

 

And it was fun.
My sweet friend wrote about going to a wedding reception.  Because we were writing our “small moments,” she wanted to focus on the reception… do you blame her?
 
We are getting close to the end of the year.  I PROMISE to do better with posting our writing… PROMISE!
 
Looking for ideas for writing activities for your class? Check out these kindergarten writers workshop ideas, including examples from one of my students!
 
Here is a free download that I have had for a while.  I moved it to my TpT store, so it will be easier to find!
Free Curriculum Guide
 
 
You can find all of our writing curricula by clicking HERE.
 

15 Comments

  • Carolyn Kisloski April 15 at 1:20 am

    Oh my gosh it just makes my night to read those precious samples. I love reading kids' writing! Your kids are doing amazing things! PS- I totally know who Marlin Perkins is!
    Carolyn

    • Deedee April 15 at 1:24 am

      Reason # 341 why I love you Carolyn!

  • Anne Patterson April 15 at 1:30 am

    Haha! I am laughing out loud! yes, i know who Merlin Perkins is, and i loved MofO Wild Kingdom! I think i was, hmm, two, when i was watching (wink, wink!)
    What a precious story!

    • Deedee April 15 at 1:38 am

      I remember watching them at my grandparent's house on Sunday afternoons. Then reliving them during high school biology! HA!

  • Positively Learning April 15 at 7:55 am

    These samples of writing โ™ฅ Thank you for the writers workshop download – this is an area I vow to get better at and I've had your workshops on my wishlist for quite a long time. I appreciate the inspiration! Jen ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sandy Welch April 15 at 12:26 pm

    These writing samples are precious. Your Writing Through the Year packets are wonderful and have helped my little guys so much. And yes, I I remember Marlin!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I think I may be older than all of you!

  • Delia Cornwell April 15 at 4:16 pm

    Hey DeeDee! Where can I find that awesome writing paper with the checklist at the bottom?

    • Deedee April 15 at 8:53 pm

      It's in the free download ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kelly McFarland April 16 at 2:29 pm

    Loved reading these writing samples. I especially enjoyed seeing all those transition words in friend #1's writing. Awesome! Thanks for sharing the great freebie. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Kelly
    Lattes and Lunchrooms

  • Jennifer Graff April 19 at 3:45 pm

    How do you keep track of what your students have said without writing on their papers? Sometimes I carry around papers thinking I will remember exactly what they wrote, go back to it, and have completely forgotten.
    Thanks!
    Jen
    KindergartenCoffeeTalk

    • Deedee April 19 at 8:29 pm

      Sometimes I write on the opposite page. I write REALLY messy and in cursive so they don't become dependent on me. Right now, I am usually able to read everything they wrote though. I also you the Confer app that I write all my notes in. This has been a LIFESAVER for me!

  • lizziepink1 April 26 at 8:12 pm

    Love, love, love the editing checklist at the bottom!! I love the idea that you never limit what a kinder can do!

    iheartlearningandteaching.blogspot.com

  • Jennings April 27 at 12:27 pm

    Great blog,Keep up the good work,Keep updating.
    Montessori School In Bangalore

  • Jill August 20 at 3:33 pm

    Hi Deedee,

    You are so very wise and helpful getting a writer’s workshop going! Thank you so much! I am having trouble getting the goal setting free download to work. I would be so very grateful to use this as I begin writer’s workshop, please!

    Thanks for all you share and I love learning with you!

    • Deedee August 20 at 4:18 pm

      So sorry Jill! I just updated the link. You should be able to grab it now. ๐Ÿ™‚

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