Writers Workshop Labeling the Picture. Using the mentor text, MY Map Book, we spent several days looking at how writers label their pictures.
Yesterday we “published” our first piece of writing in Kindergarten. Boy Howdy! It is a process in kindergarten. But I know if I walk WITH them through the process, the rest of the year will go much smoother.
Labeling Mentor Text
Like many of you, we have been looking at labels. This is my ALL TIME favorite book to use when teaching labels.
My Map Book by Sara Fanelli (affiliate link)
We have read and re-read this mentor text over the last few weeks. Then we put it to work. This is a model of my lunch.
We also shared the pen to make a map of Dexter. Dexter is my dog and my students love hearing about how crazy he is.
We also tried it again with this picture. (Sorry it is so blurry)
For this piece, we went back and added words to describe the picture. For some reason, I do not have a picture of this, but it said, “I am in a sub.”
The writing that I decided I did not want to publish, (we are talking 19 days of school worth… a bunch) was handed out to the students to take home.
They LOVE taking my writing home… sorry parents!
So what does it look like when my kiddos publish? First, they go to their writing folder that holds all of their rough drafts. They select one piece that they want to publish. They bring me the rest (these will be added to their year-long writing portfolio~more on that next week). Then they sit down to re-write their piece.
Many decided to add labels. Did they all? Nope! Some just made their picture more clear. I always make my focus, “Make your writing/message clearer to your reader.” I then suggest using some of the techniques we have been studying (like labels).
In 3-4 weeks we will publish again. The pieces that are hanging on the wall will be replaced with newly published pieces. These “old” ones will be added to their year-long writing portfolio!
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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