Writing instruction is crucially important in the development and education of young minds. Not only does writing teach and allow students to express themselves, it gives them a way to demonstrate what they know.
But how can teachers help students improve their writing? By providing a positive atmosphere for writing and by providing opportunities for students to write.
1. Having a class writing binder for students to piggyback write during centers.
2. Each student has their own individual writing notebook.
The nice thing is, you can utilize both approaches at the same time! When it comes to grading student writing, the class binder definitely helps. One large binder versus 20+ individual notebooks makes a big difference when you're taking it home (but I know none of us ever to THAT!).
Simply print the cards, laminate, and cut them out. Hole punch in the top left corner and insert a binder ring to keep them all together.
Projecting illustrated writing prompts on the white board or your interactive board during whole group writing instruction allows students to either work independently or collaboratively.
For example, collaboratively, your class could compose a a 6- strand text message conversation with someone, as the teacher facilitates higher level thinking. Independently, your students could individually compose a text message conversation with their best friends about their summer vacations.
Post its. Because there are so many different sizes of sticky notes these days, teachers can literally use them for anything. Give each student a sticky note and have them write a response to the writing prompt on it. When they have finished responding, students can stick them to the board.
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I have students place their new sticker on the top of the next page. This gives them plenty of writing space to answer and show their knowledge about the prompt.
You could easily have students place the next sticker at the end of the last prompt to save paper too.
How do you incorporate writing instruction in your classroom?
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