Wednesday, September 7, 2016

How to Get Your Students Writing!

Do you want your students writing more?  These three ways will get your students writing!









Place a daily prompt on your white board using a projector or smart board.  Students should use writing journals to write to the prompt.  Supply engaging prompts with a variety of types of writing.   This PAPERLESS strategy will free up your time to do administrative duties required when students first arrive in the classroom.  For an effective way to begin the day with the students,  have them share what they just wrote in their journals!


DIFFERENT TYPES OF WRITING

Narrative
Opinion
Informative
Descriptive
Persuasive
How To







1.  Provide graphic organizers, writing templates, and checklists.  When students have everything they need, they will follow through the writing steps.  I like to provide these items together as one stapled packet.  This gem is 6-Tier Organizer to separate the different types of writing.  Click Here to find it on Amazon.  I used return address labels to label each section.
2.  Staple graphic organizers, writing templates, checklists, and rubrics together in a pack and place enough for each student on the correct shelf.



3.  At the beginning of the year, provide the materials for paragraph writing and towards the middle of the year, supply them for essay writing.



4.  Provide prompts for your writing center.   This can be done two ways.

A.  PROMPT CARDS
Display the prompt cards in order and color-code the writing types.  Students can write the prompt on the blank space of the corresponding writing templates.  They can either go in the order of the cards circulating through the different types, or you can set out a few cards or type of cards for student choice.


The prompt cards can be displayed using a Brochure holder.  Click Here to find it on Amazon.

B.  ALREADY PRINTED PROMPTS ON WRITING TEMPLATES
Have prompts already listed on the writing templates and numbered with the type of writing in the top right-hand corner.  This helps with easy organization.  Make them for paragraph writing AND essay writing if you are in upper elementary.









In the writing center or another designated area, place the CARD HOLDER so that the prompts are not showing.  If students finish early from an assignment, they can pick from the card holder and write in their journal.


I hope these ideas will help you and your students write more in the classroom!  

Grab this FREE WRITING PROMPT SIGN!  Or a FREE NARRATIVE WRITING PROMPT with Templates!




I offer two different resources for writing prompts.  With each resource, the prompts are listed for easy organization.  Print the list and cross off any prompt that was already used.

1.   The Grade Level prompts include 60 prompts (10 from each type of writing).  They are directly written on the pages and each writing template (graphic organizer, rough draft, checklist, final copy, and rubric) is numbered with the type of writing in the upper corner.  It aids in your organization.   There are different checklists and rubrics for each type of writing.   Cards are included.


     


2.  180 Prompt Cards and White Board Display:  All 180 prompts are provided on cards and white board size.   In addition, blank templates (graphic organizer, rough draft, checklist, final copy, rubric) are provided for the teacher or student to write the prompt in.  There are different checklists and rubrics each type of writing.



Below are the products I found to use with my writing center:


      

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