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*Teaching Maddeness*: Writing Workshop Series: Post #1 Writers' Notebooks. Throughout the month of July I will be sharing a series of posts about Writing Workshop in my classroom.

*Teaching Maddeness*: Writing Workshop Series: Post #1 Writers' Notebooks

I've used writing workshop for all 14 years that I've taught, but it has changed in how it looks over the years. Like my reading approach, my writing workshop doesn't follow one program, but instead is a mix of aspects from various programs to make what works for me and my students. With that said, I LOVE teaching writing and I hope that some of what I share will be helpful to you and your classroom. Today, the focus is on my writing workshop notebooks. The first thing to understand is that I use a color-coded approach to helping the students visualize the different stages of writing. Pink - Prewriting Blue - DraftingGreen - Revising Red - Editing Purple - Publishing Orange - Sharing These colors are used on the writing stage posters that I display in my classroom.

These colors are also used in our Writer's Notebooks. So, you can either use binders. or folders Now, I LOVED these binders. My StoryMaker : Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. My Storymaker® was named one of the Best Websites for Teaching and Learning by the American Association of School Librarians, a division of the American Library Association.

My StoryMaker : Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

People worldwide enjoy my StoryMaker®. Find out what all the fun is about! You have the power to decide -- choosing characters, taking them on adventures and creating your very own story along the way. my StoryMaker® lets you control characters and objects -- and it creates sentences for you! Or, you can enter your own words. Once you are done with your story, you can print it out. > Play my StoryMaker® Click here for HELP writing, printing and sharing stories. Story Starters. Writing Styles. Sentence Quest: Using Parts of Speech to Write Descriptive Sentences. ReadWriteThink couldn't publish all of this great content without literacy experts to write and review for us.

Sentence Quest: Using Parts of Speech to Write Descriptive Sentences

If you've got lessons plans, activities, or other ideas you'd like to contribute, we'd love to hear from you. More Find the latest in professional publications, learn new techniques and strategies, and find out how you can connect with other literacy professionals. More Teacher Resources by Grade Your students can save their work with Student Interactives. More Home › Classroom Resources › Lesson Plans Lesson Plan Student Objectives Session One Session Two Session Three Session Four Session Five Extensions Student Assessment/Reflections Students will back to top Session One Have all students sit together near the front of the room.

Session Two Tape one blank piece of chart paper on the board. An alternative strategy for gathering words for the charts is to have students cut them from the newspaper or magazines, or to do a "classroom walk" to find some already posted in the classroom. Session Three. Six Traits Assessments Sentence Structure. Smooth and Expressive Sentence Fluency Sometimes ya just gotta go with the flow — at least that's the situation most readers find themselves in.

Six Traits Assessments Sentence Structure

When we write, we write in sentences. Beginning with a capital letter, we wind our way over words and phrases until we’ve expressed a complete thought, and then we mark the endpoint with a period, question mark, or exclamation mark. Readers read the same way: they follow the shape of each sentence from beginning to end trying to understand the single complete thought the writer is expressing. In order for readers to do that, your writing needs to flow smoothly from word to word, phrase to phrase, and sentence to sentence.

Variety in Sentence Beginnings We can’t start every sentence the same way. In Chores, the writer does a pretty good job of varying the beginnings of her sentences. Variety in Sentence Length and Structure Take a look at the fourth paragraph of Chores: “Bathtubs, ever washed one? A Short Note on Sentence Structure (1) Main Parts. Story maker. Writing (Words)