This resource provides a writing menu for each of the months August through May. The purpose is to have student become more engaged in the writing process by allowing each student to choose a practice writing on a variety of topics.
The way I have used writing menus in the classroom is to help students build writing stamina through high interest topics. These menus also allow students to pull pieces they would like to finish during writer’s workshop.
This is the “bell work” for the beginning of writer’s workshop. Students get out their writer’s notebooks, start a new page with a date in the upper outer corner and the topic of their piece on the first line. The topics can be written either as fiction or non-fiction. They can be written as informative/explanatory, opinion/persuasive or narrative. My students have writing folders and often choose the piece based on the evidence still required for their writing folder. We have used the topics to practice different types of topic sentences or thesis statements.
At the beginning of the year, the only requirement is to write continuously for the allotted time. At the beginning, the timer is set for 10 minutes. After the first month, have the class set the goal. If they finish a topic before the ten minutes or aren’t able to write about it after all, they choose another off the menu.
Menus can be used for multiple months. I copy the months back-to-back to save paper. I also put the menus on google classroom.
My greatest hope is that children love to write. Once they love it, you can shape it.