Writers Workshop Labeling the Picture. Using a mentor text to label, we spent several days looking at how writers label their pictures.

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)

Writers Workshop Labeling the Picture. Using a mentor text to label, we spent several days looking at how writers label their pictures.

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.

Writers Workshop Labeling the Picture. Using a mentor text to label, we spent several days looking at how writers label their pictures.

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.

Writers Workshop Labeling the Picture. Using a mentor text to label, we spent several days looking at how writers label their pictures.

We also tried it again with this picture. (Sorry it is so blurry)

Writers Workshop Labeling the Picture. Using a mentor text to label, we spent several days looking at how writers label their pictures.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.

Writers Workshop Labeling the Picture. Using a mentor text to label, we spent several days looking at how writers label their pictures.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).

Writers Workshop Labeling the Picture. Using a mentor text to label, we spent several days looking at how writers label their pictures.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!

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

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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!

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Writers Workshop Labeling the Picture. Using a mentor text to label, we spent several days looking at how writers label their pictures.

 

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    1. Students are free to label throughout the units. Some students are labeling while others are able to write sentences.

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