Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Mini Lessons for Introducing Writer's Workshop


We have a really nice 25 day Introduction to Writer's Workshop plan laid out by our school district.  However, we like to supplement and add to the daily lessons with a few of our own.  Read on to grab some mini lessons you can use in your classroom as you introduce Writer's Workshop!

 As we do our mini lessons, we post them to our Objective Wall.

These Learn to Write books by Rozanne Lanczak Williams are amazing for Writer's Workshop mini lessons!  You can find them here on Amazon!  At the beginning of writing in First Grade, we use the paper show; picture top and writing bottom.  We encourage kiddos to focus a lot on their picture.  At this time, it is a strength for them to draw a really nice, detailed picture.  Also, it can aid in writing later as a kiddo will have a good amount to write about if their picture is detailed.
 The book shows how bunny draws a detailed picture step by step.
 This is a day's mini lesson.  We read the book and the kiddos spend their work time drawing a detailed picture.  We DO NOT have kiddos do any writing this day.
 We come back to our pictures the next day and add words to match.  We recall the book with Bunny and focus on the story at the end.  We point out to see how the words in the story match the picture Bunny drew.
 Here is up-close of our objective board.

We like to use this mini book from First Grade Schoolhouse as a way to have the kiddos practice order and sequence.  As we continue to build detailed pictures and writing, we use this journal to record each day during our Writer's Workshop time.  The books shown are a great support to the lesson!
We like how Monkey's story unfolds and you can see four events in order.

We love to use this set from Live Love Laugh Everyday in Kindergarten!  We go through each convention and practice.
These sheets help to support work with conventions as well.  We keep with a simple sentence and focus on the capital, spaces, and punctuation.  
 The Sticker Sentence and Draw and Write Sentence sheets are great for quick writing practice.  Of course, the kiddos love to make the sticker picture!  This cut and paste sentence is from Whimsy Workshop Teaching.  The Sentence Checklist and sheets above are from Haley O'Connor.
We put a mini version of the Writer's Eye Poster Set in our Handy Helper writing folders.
Once we've gotten to this point in our Writer's Workshop introduction, we like to hand out our Handy Helper folders to the kiddos.  We pack it with LOTS of goodies to help them when they are writing independently!


 This book is great for helping kiddos think about how to generate ideas for writing!  After we read Cat's story, kiddos complete the bubble thought sheets with some ideas they could use from their lives for writing pieces.  We staple these brainstorm sheets in their writing folders so they can go back to look at them.  You can grab the brainstorm sheet here!

 FINALLY we are ready to share our hard work!  Whether it is just a quick check in with their writing partners or a Writing Celebration when kiddos share a finished, edited piece, we use this poster to help set guidelines for kind, fair sharing and collaboration times.






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