Writing folder organization free file
I am often asked how I organize my student writing folders for writer’s workshop. Then the other day I was cleaning out a “special drawer” that I had (AKA: junk drawer, catch-all, blackhole) when I found an old writing folder I used with my 2nd-grade students. I’d forgotten all about them. So I decided to whip up a cleaned-up version and offer them to you all!
Here are your Writing Folder Freebies and labels for your early primary writers’ workshop students. This blog post will give you ideas on how to create writing folders for your classroom. Great for kindergarten, first grade, and second grade, but honestly, they would work well regardless of your grade level.
How did I make these Writing Folders?
I made these folders at the beginning of the year for each student. They actually managed to stay in one piece and were still functional at the end of the year.
Each folder contains 2 pocket folders. I used two different colors for my sample so you can see them a bit better.
- Open the pink one like I have below.
- Turn the yellow one inside out. The fold will be on the outside and the open sides will go towards where it will be spirally bound.
Does this picture show it better? Ariel view = advanced photography skills (LOL).
This is the spiral binder (affiliate link) that I used: TruBind TB-S20 Spiral Coil Binding Machine (TB-S20). I am not ashamed to admit that I use this machine for all. the. things.
For these coils that I used: TruBind 16mm coils
Each folder had to be punched one at a time, but it did not take long.
Easy, breezy, mac and cheesy!
Adding the Labels
Then I just added the labels! Simple!
Inside the k-2 writing folder, little writers can place their writing tools and word lists. These examples are from our second grade writing unit.
You may want to include other tools in your students’ writing folders such as:
- a list of color words
- a list of family members
- days of the week
- number words
Early in the year, we have a mini lesson on where to place our work. These pockets are a great place to put our writing pieces.
Yes, there is a simple version you can make that is a student helper folder. Here is a peek at the writing helper folder I used. Each kindergarten student got one. It included an editing checklist.
You simple re-fold manila file folders. In this example we used a yellow folder because bright colors are my favorite!
NOTE: This is just a simple tabbed folder that is folded differently to make a tri-fold folder. In the middle of the folder, there was a place for students to add their own sight words to their personal word wall.
On the back, you can see other folder tools. There was an alphabet chart that supported students during their independent writing time. There is also a place for young writers to check where they are in the writing process. It is a checklist they can use when they think they might be done
We have loved working with teachers to improve their practices with writers workshop. Our writing units have been in teacher’s classrooms all over the world for the last 10 years and we could not be more proud to the feedback we have been given
WANTING MORE ON WRITING?
Since I LOVE talking about writing, I have a few (dozen) blog posts about writing.
- 5 Things You Need to Know About Writing
- Writers Workshop: Second Week of Kindergarten
- Or HERE to read them all
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Each unit is carefully planned out.
And it walks you through each day’s lesson.
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- Writing Writers Workshop: Writing Through the Year K-1 Bundle
- Writing Writers Workshop: Writing Through the Year 2nd Grade Units
Writing Folder Labels and Writing Helper Free File
NOTE: Some of the images that are shown above are part of our Writing Through the Years units and are not included in this free download. To receive the labels and the simplified version of the writing folders, simply add your name and email to the box below.