Are you ready for the brilliant name for it?
Learning Together Linky: Writing Workshop
I'm so impressed with my ability with words I think I need a celebratory glass of wine. Ha. (On the words part). Wine...always.
What I'm thinking is that this Linky will address different topics each time and there will be a separate inlinkz link up for each topic. For example, today's topic is Writers' Notebooks, as noted on the graphic.
When you want to link up one of your posts (old or new), you link up with the corresponding linky.
Meaning, since today's topic is Writers Notebooks if you have a Writers Notebook related post, you'll link it up to today's linky.
If you want to link up to the overview or components of your writing workshop, you can link up to that Linky by clicking right here or on the picture below.
We'll develop the topics as we go. How does that sound?
I'm hoping this Linky takes on a life of its own and we can link up with all kinds of writing workshop topics...
Personal Narrative Writing
Editing & Revising
Procedures & Routines
The only thing I ask is that your post ties in with that Linky's specific writing workshop topic and that you link to that specific post (not just to your blog).
And, if you have an idea for a topic, add a comment or shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) any time!
On to my post about today's topic...
First and foremost, I WISH that I'd had the kids personalize the covers all fabulous at the beginning of the year.
There were a variety of reasons I did not have the kids do that this year and at this point in the school year, I've let my guilt go.
Guilt's overrated anyways, right?
This post is in question-answer format. If you have any questions, add a comment and I'll update the post when I can.
1. How do you use Writers' Notebooks?
Check out a variety of samples from some of my medium to strong writers so that, if you'd like, you can use them as samples with your students.
If you'd like them as a pdf, go ahead and click right here. You probably don't want to print them with the black background, but rather use them on your Smartboard. If you'd really like to print them, please email me at email@example.com and I'll send them to you without the black background.
Memory Keeping & Prompt writing -
I'll also have students follow up on a content area lesson by giving them a prompt or question to answer.
I'll put the prompt/question and key words up on the smartboard or easel or whiteboard with the expectation to spell those words correctly.
Students keep lists of their ideas for writing topics in their writing topics. Some of these lists are specific to a genre we're studying, other lists are lists that they themselves make and add to on their own.
Mini-Anchor Chart Storage
For each of our writing genres I shrink an example or anchor chart to half page size for students to store in their WN so they always have something to refer to (and to be accountable to) when they write something in that genre.
Weekend News recording
Every Monday morning, the Daily Warm Up expectation is for kids to record their Weekend News in their WNs. On Mondays I float around the room and comment/connect with them regarding their weekend. Recently I began trying to read over their Weekend News each Monday morning and make a comment of some sort. This helps with overall accountability plus it gives them an opportunity to share their news with me without bombarding me each Monday morning.
2. When do you begin Writer's Notebooks? Where do they store their W.N.'s?
As soon into the school year as possible. They are SUCH a lovely record of progress from the beginning of the year to the end that the sooner you start, the bigger the gains. Their handwriting alone in first grade has almost exponential growth!
They are stored in their seat sacks so they have quick, easy access to them at all times.
3. What are your "ground rules" for Writers' Notebooks?
- Write so that you're PROUD of your work EVERY single time you write (cuz you'll LOVE looking back at it one day!)
- New day...new page...date at the top (we make it an oral class mantra when we take them out)
- 1st semester...use the lines as best as you can
- 2nd semester...work really hard to use the lines AND the margins correctly (they REALLY do improve with the lines!)
- Words on the First Grade Helper must be spelled correctly. Best $2 investment EVER! Thanks, Michelle Oakes!!! Making it editable made an already fantastic product even better!!!
3. How do you monitor Writers' Notebooks?
I check the WN on Monday mornings for Weekend News. I also roam around when I assign a prompt of some sort.
At the beginning of the year when I'm laying the groundwork for how we use WN I roam around a TON while they're working and take notes for mini-lesson ideas.
I'll also feature students who have done something exciting under the document camera. Kids really want theirs featured, so this motivates them to do their best work.
When we're learning (over and over) about capitalization and punctuation I have them open up to one of their recent entries and edit it for capitals and periods with their editing markers. I roam at this time as well.
When doing report cards, I'll collect them from students if I feel more data points for the grade I'm giving them.
4. When can kids write in them?
During Writing Workshop
In the morning once Daily Warm Up is done
When Literacy Station work is completed
In-between/filler times they can choose "smart work" on their whiteboard or WN
WOWZERS!!! That was a LOT. Thanks for sticking with me -- Keep reading for some fun news!!
How do YOU use Writers Notebooks???? It would be an honor if you linked up!!! (Old or new post...please link the specific post url to the specific linky topic.)
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