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Kindergarten Writers Workshop. We worked on Storytelling as a way to extend a story. Take a peek at our writing!

Writers Workshop in the Classroom Tips and Tricks

January 26 Deedee 3 min read

Kindergarten Writers Workshop in the Classroom Tips and Tricks

Kindergarten Writers Workshop. We worked on Storytelling as a way to extend a story. Take a peek at our writing!

Kindergarten Writers Workshop! We worked on Storytelling as a way to extend a story. Take a peek at our writing!

Kindergarten Writers Workshop: Model Writing

My kindergarten class is loving writers workshop. Here is a look back to 2011.

I started my writing mini-lesson with a student volunteer.  We have been working on storytelling to tell “more”.  So, my little friend, Mercedes, told the story about her little brother and sister fighting.   As she told the story the class asked her questions so she could think about adding on.  You can tell we shared the pen in this piece. 

Kindergarten Writers Workshop. We worked on Storytelling as a way to extend a story. Take a peek at our writing!

Kindergarten Writers Workshop:  How things change

At the time of this original posting (back in 2011), I used to write on my students’ papers.  I no longer suggest this practice during writer’s workshop.  If you are concerned that you can not read the student’s writing later, you can transcribe it in your conferring notes, or write it quickly on the back of the student’s paper.  If they ask me what I am writing, I just say, “Oh, it this is just a note for me.”  

Students were then released to write their own stories, while I conferred with students.

Kindergarten Writers Workshop. We worked on Storytelling as a way to extend a story. Take a peek at our writing!

Once writers workshop was complete, those students whom I conferred with (4-5 students) shared their writing under the document camera.  Then the rest of the students shared with their writing partners.  Once they are complete, the students put their writing in their writing folder.

UPDATE:  Over the years, I moved away from these pocket charts and just kept a basket near our classroom meeting area. My kindergarteners placed their writing in the basket at the conclusion of writers workshop.  The reason I made this change is because I want to be sure these writings are kept in a safe place and held precious.  It only took 1 time for a student to take their writing folder home and it did not return for me to realize how valuable these student writing samples are.

Kindergarten Writers Workshop. We worked on Storytelling as a way to extend a story. Take a peek at our writing!

Every 20 days, my kindergarten students self-select a writing piece to publish in writers workshop.  Those published pieces are displayed proudly until they publish their next piece.

Kindergarten Writers Workshop. We worked on Storytelling as a way to extend a story. Take a peek at our writing!

WANTING MORE ON WRITING?

Since I LOVE talking about writing, I have a few (dozen) blog posts about writing.   

LOOKING FOR PRINT AND TEACH WRITING LESSONS?

Deanna Jump and I have created simple, yet powerful daily lesson plans to teach writers workshop.  We have taken the guesswork out of your instruction.

Each unit is carefully planned out.

Kindergarten Writing in September. We have made progress in writers workshop. Take a peek at student writing samples!

And it walks you through each day’s lesson.

Kindergarten Writing in September. We have made progress in writers workshop. This post will show you how our kindergarten students publish their writing each month. Take a peek at student writing samples!

You can shop our writing curriculum below:

Kindergarten Writers Workshop. We worked on Storytelling as a way to extend a story. Take a peek at our writing!

That was a peek into our kindergarten writers workshop!  How is writing going in your classroom?

7 Comments

  • Ali January 26 at 11:21 am

    We use the Lucy Caulkins series are our school. I absolutely love it!!! Last year our kindergarten team even created our own mini-unit called Labels and Label books to supplement Launching the Writing Workshop in the fall. We have had great success with it.

  • Deedee January 26 at 9:54 pm

    Ali ~ I so look up to her. She makes it all look so easy and natural. Ohh… I'm very interested in your Labels unit… please share!

  • Judy Lau July 13 at 2:34 am

    Deedee,
    I recently found your blog and fell in love with it! I love the "kid writing" explanation for parents.
    So how often do you put their drafts/past publications into the book? It seems like a lot of binding/unbinding. Really like this idea – esp. the fact that they can read it in the classroom library. Also, do you give them writing prompts or just let them write about whatever they want?

    Thanks for sharing!

    Judy
    KinderTastic

  • Deedee July 13 at 12:59 pm

    Thanks Judy,

    I add pages after every time we publish, so every 3-4 weeks. I set my books up so I just add the pages to the back of their book. It takes me about 30 minutes.

    I do not give them prompts during writers workshop. I do ask them to write in a genre, but the choice is theirs. They do more prompt writing during reading responses.

    I hope that answers your questions.

  • Peggy April 20 at 4:07 am

    I like your stuff. I've purchased some from TpT. I have tried to download "Writing Conferring Notes" from the link on this post, but docstoc won't let me get it without purchasing membership. I looked for it on TpT, but could't find it. Can you email it to me? Or is there another way to download it?

    [email protected]

    Thank you.

  • Jaime August 25 at 9:44 am

    I also cannot access your writing conferring notes. I would LOVE a copy! I’m a first-year, first grade teacher. I’m in the process of creating the writing folders you demoed in a blog post!

    • Deedee August 26 at 7:52 am

      I just sent you an email. Let me know if you don’t get it. 🙂

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