Having trouble getting your students motivated to write?
Have you tried adorable, colorful writing awards? They really work!
As soon as you assign a writing assignment, lay out your expectations for the class. (I expect for everyone to be writing the entire time. I expect everyone to use proper capitalization, punctuation, spelling and write in their neatest handwriting.) Say, “I will be watching to see who will get the writing award today. “ (I like to give 2 each day.) Then as you are monitoring your students to see who following your expectation, place a writing award on the desk of that student. Don't forget to sign the award. If you have a student that doesn’t like to write, as soon as you see the slightest effort, give him a writing award. Since he will have to share his work with the class, he will want it to be good. Make a big deal about something he has done. Future writing assignments will come a lot easier for him after the attention and praise.
For students that are already motivated, they will love the praise and attention that they are given, as well.
The last 5 minutes of the class, allow the students to share. If the piece is lengthy, just have them share their favorite part. You might also choose something like a great use of capitalization or spelling to show off.
Then have them sign my Exemplary Writer’s Log.*
I make a spiral notebook into a log book. I decorate it up with glitter and ribbon. They get so excited to sign it. This book has 2 purposes.
1.) It is truly a motivator
2.) I can look in the book to see who I have chosen. That way I can keep it fair and not choose the same students and skip other students.
I hope this works for your students as much as it has worked for mine.