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: 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: 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.
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.
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.
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
- Writers Workshop-The Anatomy of my workshop and some conferring
- Or HERE to read them all
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- Writing Writers Workshop: Writing Through the Year K-1 Bundle
- Writing Writers Workshop: Writing Through the Year 2nd Grade Units
That was a peek into our kindergarten writers workshop! How is writing going in your classroom?