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Daily Writing Warm-Ups / Exercises

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Common Core Standards
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Writing Warm-ups
Writing is thinking in action.

Daily Writing Warm-ups, writing starters, are posted before students enter class. Most classes will begin with 5-8 minutes of creative writing. At the end of the allotted time, students will have the opportunity to share their writing. Bonus points are given for reading aloud. After sharing, other students will provide specifics from the warm-up – what words made the writing clear, was the writing organized {beginning, middle, end}, and specific suggestions for improvement {more proper nouns, clearer setting etc}.

Since we’re working on developing creativity, that is more important than accuracy for this daily writing, spelling and grammar will not be marked. Warm-ups will be collected quarterly and graded as a project grade. Grading will be based on a rubric provided to students at the beginning of the marking period. However, it is expected that sentences, capitalization, and end marks are used. If students are absent more than once or twice, warm-ups are part of their make-up work. Each marking period the expectations increase.

Other options for grading – or an interim grade
FIRST WEEK of School
1. Four sentences.
2. A period at the end of each sentence.
3. Capital letters beginning each sentence.
4. First sentence is indented.

Neatness, spelling, margins, cross offs, grammar, or punctuation other than a period are not a concern at this point. This grading can be completed while students are writing. I can glide around the room to check to see whether to four criteria have been met. If those four criteria are satisfied the student sees huge success – an “A” on his or her work. This would be counted as a quiz grade or a formative assessment. At the end of marking period with a rubric is a test/project grade since it is a summative grade. Providing the student the quiz grade offers either instant gratification or time to make improvements.

Using these warm-ups helps develop creativity, confidence in your students, and can be great fun to hear the variety of stories written from one starting point. There are 40 starters for four different marking periods with progressively more challenging rubrics. 25 extra starter are also included.
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Teaching Duration
1 Year
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