Monthly D.E.W. (Drop Everything and Write) Writing Sheets
10 Additional D.E.W. Writing Sheets
Grade Level D.E.W. Cover
Yearly Data Sheet to Record Fluency and Rubric of Students
Each month our school has a D.E.W. day on a chosen topic. Our principal gets on the PA and tells everyone it is D.E.W. time. She tells the students the topics and discusses what they could write about, she may even share a poem or quote about the topic. Each grade level writes about the topic all at the same time (if they are in specials, students do it when they return to class).
Copy the writing sheet for the month making sure you write in the year before copying. If you are using one of the other writing sheets you will need to write in the month and year.
Each student writes about the topic for 30 minutes. (Kindergarten may choose to do less time, especially at the beginning of the year).
After 30 minutes of writing, students can illustrate their story with the box made available to them.
We would collect these writing pieces and choose one to highlight in the school wide showcase for the month. All student papers are looked at by our principal and then we filed the papers each month to keep until the end of the school year.
Each month I would record how many words students would attempt to write (fluency of writing) and then use our grade level rubric to grade them on their writing piece. This gave me data on how each students writing is progressing through the year and it is a good discussion topic with parents at conferences.
I have included this data sheet and rubric in this packet. I have data sheets with the topic and months recorded and an empty sheet if you choose other topics.
At the end of the school year I have my students look at their writing pieces and see how they have progress in their writing from the beginning of the year until the end.
I put my student’s writing pieces into a booklet to send home at the end of the school year. I have included a cover page for this booklet.