I created this poster, when I got sick of the hand-drawn poster that I made. I got the lesson idea from a book, The Daily 5: Fostering Literacy in the Elementary Grades, by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser. The idea is to help beginning writers from getting frustrated when trying to get their ideas on paper. I usually demonstrate how to use this strategy in front of my kiddos, then send them to their desks with their writing journals, and a piece of gum! How fun!
This could be taught as one of the very first mini-lessons in your Writer's Workshop. Keep the poster displayed throughout the year as a visual for students to refer to.