This writing menu was designed carefully to meet the requirements of the Common Core Writing Standards. The menu parallels the popular reading CAFE menu (by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser @ www.thedailycafe.com). My teaching partner, Kelli (Wise Words on TpT), and I LOVED the The Sisters' reading instruction and assessment system so much that we came up with a reciprocal writing system. :)
The menu is scaffolded so that the "easier" or most "essential" skills are located closer to the top. The skills increase in difficulty as you work your way down any of the columns. Therefore, kindergarten and first grade would work primarily toward the top of the menu while higher grades could utilize the entire menu.
Kelli and I are currently in the process of starting a blog where we will share our practical and easy-to-implement writing system for elementary classrooms. Right now it's a major work-in-progress and not quite ready for the public. Stay tuned by Following Me. I'll be sure to share lots of information and goodies once we get the world of blogging figured out! If you have any tips or tricks for blogging, please share them with me!
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