Be a Writing Expert! {Beginning of the Year Activities That Encourage Writing}

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Encouraging children to love writing at a young age is vital! It is our job as educators to allow our students to be creative and take risks when writing! The activities in this packet work wonderfully with the Daily Five program or centers/rotations.

In this 85 page packet you will find:

- an original story about a character named Writing Expert Rosie who teaches children take risks, be creative, and have FUN when writing (available in color and black and white)

- Write At Home Sheet for Parents: A"Write at Home” tip sheet to help give parents some guidance on how to tackle writing at home.

- "Ready to be a Writing Expert or Not Yet?" Activity #1

This activity can be completed as a whole group or table groups (if you teach an older grade). Students will be introduced to 10 different characters. Each character is behaving a different way while writing. Your class must determine whether their behavior is “Writing Expert” behavior or not. (Example: “Ellie neatly puts away all of her writing supplies when it is time to clean up.”) This is an excellent activity for students to act out and spend time discussing.

"Just Write or Not Yet!" Activity #2

Your students will get a KICK out of this activity! This is a great activity to do at the beginning of the year (regardless of how much you want your children to write initially). The activity can be done as a whole group (or at table groups, if you are feeling brave!). Tell your
students that you did some writing last night/over the weekend and that you need some help deciding which writing pieces are “writing expert worthy.” Read and hold up Sample 1. Read it aloud to the class. Then, read and hold up Sample 2 and read it aloud. One of the writing samples is VERY OBVIOUSLY more “writing expert worthy” than the other. Have your students turn and talk about WHY. I suggest writing their ideas on the board as they share them. Also, be sure to spend time looking at/discussing the illustrations. Then, taking what was discussed, emphasize to your students the importance of adding details to their writing and illustrations!

Just a Note: I know that many students come at the beginning of the year not able to write much; however, it is still VITAL to expose and help them recognize great writing samples! Hang these writing samples in your classroom for students to refer back to all year long! These will act as great models.

- Writing Expert Response Journal Pages: After reading the story about Writing Expert Rosie, present your students with a handy dandy Writing Expert Journal. Tell them that they are going to place all of their “writing expert research” inside.

The sheets for the journal were made specifically for the beginning of the year to help you kick off writing in your classroom. However, your students can continue to use their “Writing Expert Journals” throughout the year by having them place any other important organizers in it or having them use it to complete journal entries.

Each sheet was created to help your students understand the importance of writing.

Here’s what is included on each organizer:

- Writing Expert Cover Page (for the front of the journal)
- My Feelings About Writing Survey
- What Makes a Good Writer?
- What Makes a Good Writer? (cut and paste)
- Writers Are, Need, Try Organizer
- Writing Sounds Like, Looks Like, Feels Like
- Good Writing Look Like Labeling Sheet
- Good Writing Sound Like Labeling Sheet
- Why Do Writers Write?
- What Do Writers Write?
- Where Do Writers Write?
- Write Around Town! (students can write words they see around them at school)
- Can You Picture It? (students draw what they think a writing expert looks like)
- What's Our Job? (students write what their job is during independent reading)
- Our Writing Pact (students sign the writing pact)
- I’m a Writing Expert (students write reasons why they are writing experts)
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