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Help your students stay organized with these writing workshop folders for middle school. The folder cover and labels focus on the writing process, the checklists are based on Common Core standards for writing and language, and the contents list on the back makes it easy to check each student's status.
2 - Tips for Printing and Assembly
3 - Assembly Instructions Mini-poster
4 - Tips for Using this Resource
5 - Writing Folder cover
6 - ARMS Revision Checklist (add, remove, move, substitute)
7 - CUPS Editing Checklist (capitalization, usage, punctuation, spelling)
8 - Writing Folder contents chart
9 - Writing Folder labels for pockets (draft, revise, edit, publish)
Teacher Prep and Materials
To make folders for your writing center, you will need these materials:
Print one copy of pages 5-8 on white or colored paper for each student. Print one copy of page 9 for every two students on Avery 5395 self-adhesive Name Tag labels or on white or colored paper.
The cover, checklists, and contents page could also be used in a binder, file folder, or composition notebook instead of pocket folders.
Tips for Using this Writing Folder
Plan for storage if you will require students to leave their writing folders in your classroom. This can be a plastic crate, cardboard box, or dedicated space on a bookshelf for each class.
I distinguish between on-demand writing and process writing in my class. On-demand writing is work that is completed within a short time frame, usually within one class period, for the purpose of assessment. Process writing is completed over a longer time period, may be written for an authentic audience and purpose, and is revisited throughout the year. We use this writing process folder to organize our process writing pieces, but you can use it however works best for you and your students.
When you want to teach a specific writing skill, e.g. using a variety of transition words, you can have students practice by revising their own writing. Working individually or in small groups students can select a piece from their writing folders and improve it by adding different transition words and phrases.
Use the same process to practice conventions of writing. Teach a mini-lesson on a usage or mechanics concept like writing compound sentences. Have students select a piece from their writing folder and correct any compound sentence errors first. Then have them combine sentences to add a given number of new compound sentences in their paper.
If you include writing workshop as a regular part of your class, students may be at varying stages of the writing process. I emphasize to my students that the writing process is not necessarily a one-way, one-time-and-done series. We may revise many times before a paper is ready to publish. Some papers may never be finished at all!
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