The five steps in the writing process are: pre-writing, writing, revising, editing, and publishing. Because the writing process is a complex task for my kindergarteners, I adapted it in the form of a poem. Before introducing the writing process, I model it by writing class collaborations and by teaching minilessons on the procedures, concepts, strategies and skills that writers use. Now, everytime when my students are going to write, we recite the poem together. This reminds them that there are certain steps that they need to do when writting. This poem is based on Calkin’s Writer’s Workshop strategy.
The posters says:
When I am going to write, I…
-Think, think, and think (Pre-writing stage) Students think about the topic.
-Draw and write (Writing stage) In this stage, student sketch. They do not need to draw. They will have time to do this at the end.
-Touch and Say (Revising stage) Students read their writing making sure they use their “magic finger”.
-And then I correct (Editing) Here, students make sure their writing has uppercase, finger spaces, and period. Students may color their pictures at this time. Then, they share their writings with the class through the author’s chair.)