You might be wondering how you can inspire your students to believe they are writers this year, and in turn, help them become invested in improving their writing abilities. Use these anchor charts, journal prompts, quotations (in poster and student journal form) as minilessons and activities to launch your writing workshop unit. The more you get your students to verbalize their attitudes and feelings towards writing, the greater your chance of increasing their positive experiences with writing. This unit is perfect for encouraging every child to love writing and believe that it is a gift and talent that they should develop in themselves.
Perfect for back to school!
**COMPLETELY REVISED and now more beautiful! 6/26/2016**
For many students and writers, writing can be difficult depending on what our worries are. (Who's going to read this? What will they think about it? Am I spelling this right? Does it sound good? What will someone think of me if I actually write this down? Does this only make sense to me?--any of these questions might make a young writer freeze up before getting out their wonderful ideas.)
We can help students by teaching them that writing is a gift. Writing has something to offer me in my own life. Just like running (where I receive a positive way to deal with my stress, create more work-life balance, and reap health benefits), WORTHWHILE writing provides positive benefits. Not to mention, looking back on something we have written is a gift to our future selves. (This is the LOVE of writing perspective that we can express to our students).
These reflection/journal/writer's notebook prompts and quotation posters will help you inspire students (and perhaps yourself) to "pencil in" a WORTHWHILE writing life. You can use these in a variety of ways, but I created them to be used to initiate conversations in minilessons at the beginning of the year to help me get to know my students as writers and to identify their beliefs about writing that may be roadblocks for them this year or that I may capitalize on to encourage every child to cherish and create a worthwhile reading life.
-13 Chart Parts for Bulletin Boards (similar to the student journal prompts--for anchor charts)--4 designs to choose from
-14 journal pages (in 1/2 sheet size) for student reflections on writing
-15 quotes about reading (to use as posters and to initiate discussions/feelings about writing)
-Copies of the 15 quotes for students' to place in journals
-Suggestions for read alouds/teacher resources
Check out my Building a Reading Life: Readers Workshop Launch Unit
for a similar resource for Reader's Workshop!
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