Weekend News Writing Pack
* Weekend News
* Winter Break News
* Spring Break News
* Field Trip News
* Pre-writing Pages
* Writing Rubric
* Much More!!!
I use this as a secret gift for the end of the year. I have the kids do this every Monday and keep it every week. At the end of the year, I put together their writing pieces and make it into a book. It’s great because my students are able to see how their writing skills have improved throughout the year. They are also able to look back and remember all the fun things they did throughout the year!
I use this on Mondays (or the first day back at school after a long weekend or break). I’ve tried several ways of getting my students to complete this in a timely manner. The best way that I have found is by giving a time frame. At the beginning of the year, I gave my students 15 minutes to write 3 sentences. By the second trimester, I lowered it to 10 minutes. They’ve done a great job finishing their writing in these time frames. After the timer goes off, they take out their crayons and illustrate. I give them between 8 and 10 minutes to illustrate.
When they finish, I work with them to evaluate their own writing. This is like a writing conference time. My students are familiar with the rubric and we check their writing together. This helps them to develop a writing goal that is shown on a poster in our classroom. I don’t make any notes on their work, as this is a special book for them at the end of the year. But I do send home their grade on the rubric and I inform parents that they are welcome to see their child’s work at any time.
How do I meet with every kid? While the rest of my class is doing literacy centers, I pull my students one-on-one. Some writing conferences are longer than others, but I can usually get through my 22 students in about an hour. At the beginning of the year, I’d meet with my students for two days of literacy centers.
I hope you enjoy using this in your classroom as much as I do! This is one of my favorite times to meet with my kiddos!
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