Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Writing Workshop Linky 3.27.13

We are linking up with Growing Firsties, who is hosting a Writing Workshop Linky.  The theme this week....share Writers' Notebook ideas.  Coincidentally, last Saturday we shared a Writing Notebook idea that we use as a strategy for our students that need extra writing support and a Writing Notebook idea we use that is a strong home-school connection.  


We use a pen-pal Writer's Notebook for students that need extra writing practice.  We write the student a letter each day that asks them a question, as well as, gives positive praise.  At home, they write us a couple of sentences back (with the idea that they are practicing sentence structure, spelling, conventions, etc…).  We make sure the kiddo and their parents know that the pen pal journal is meant to be quick and relatively painless!  We are so proud of our students that have been diligent about writing us, practicing their writing skills each time!
Below is an example to show you just how easy this strategy is…
On that same note, a home-school connection Writer's Notebook that works great for students of all writing abilities is our Family Message Journals.  Each week the students write to their family based on a prompt.  Their family writes them back over the weekend.  The kiddos love reading their messages!    






12 comments:

  1. I love authentic ways to help writers work on their skills!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

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    1. We do too; seems to be a little more motivating for the kiddos.

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  2. I love the idea of a family journal! What a great way for parents to get involved in writing. I'm so glad I found you through Lisa's linky!

    Ms. Cranfill's Class

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  3. We are glad you like it. The good news is that the students see it as a fun activity rather than a writing assignment! :) We will head on over to your blog!

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  4. I found you through Kathy! I will be back next week stalking your blog! It looks like u have great ideas!

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  5. Those family message journals are great!!! How am I going to get all of this implemented next year!?!?!? AGHHHH!
    Squirrels
    Going Nutty!
    misssquirrels@yahoo.com

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    1. That's the problem with teacher blogging! Too much great stuff and not enough time. Thanks for stopping by! ;)

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  6. Thanks so much for linking up! Love your ideas!!! Happy to be a follower, lovely ladies!!!
    Growing Firsties

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    1. Thanks for following us! We look forward to linking up with you again!

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  7. The family journal is a fabulous idea. Ok, they are both fabulous ideas, I couldn't leave the one out. Penpal letters are a great way to get those reluctant writers to build their confidence because theydon't have to come up with the ideas! :)

    Ashley
    Primary Teacherhood

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    1. Thanks for checking out our Family Message Journals. Pen Pal letters do sound like a great idea!

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