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The First 20 Days of Writing. From pencils and pens to self-management. Brainstorm!. Let’s try to create a list of all of the different things a teacher has to do to get from Day One to having a student-managed writing workshop. The First 20 Days of Writing. Timeline of First 20 Days

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The first 20 days of writing

The First 20 Days of Writing

From pencils and pens

to self-management


Brainstorm

Brainstorm!

  • Let’s try to create a list of all of the different things a teacher has to do to get from Day One to having a student-managed writing workshop.


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The First 20 Days of Writing

  • Timeline of First 20 Days

  • Seeds for Writing

  • Introducing Writing Folders

  • Introducing Writing Checklist

  • Introducing Pens

  • Managing Conferences

  • Introducing Peer Conferences

  • Supplies I Need to Start Writing Workshop


Timeline of first 20 days

Timeline of First 20 Days

  • Lesson 1-

    • Structure of Writer’s Workshop (mini-lesson, writing, sharing)

    • Decorate Writing Folders

  • Lesson 2 –

    • Seeds for Writing (Watermelon vs. Seed)

    • Many forms you can use (What If?, Piece of My Heart, Favorites, Topic List, People, Places, and Things that are important to me)

    • Can extend over multiple days

  • Lesson 3 –

    • What to do when I’m ready to write

    • Black pen, Draft pocket of writing folder

    • Paper to use, lines to write on, name, Do a Write Aloud that isn’t perfect

    • Write Quietly

  • Lesson 4 –

    • Behavior Management system

    • Ask 3 Before Me

    • Green, Yellow, Red

    • Loss of privileges

    • Can extend over multiple days


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Timeline of First 20 Days

  • Lesson 5 –

    • What do I do when I don’t know how to spell a word?

    • Spell it the best you can and move on

    • Anchor Chart of Spelling Self-Help Chart

  • Lesson 6 –

    • What do I do when I’m done?

    • Up to 3 stories in writing folder

    • Use portfolio for additional pieces

  • Lesson 7 –

    • Writing Checklist

    • Read your story out loud to make sure it makes sense

    • Introduce blue pen, Write Aloud

    • Can extend over multiple days if you notice that many students need extra help with sentence structure.

  • Lesson 8 –

    • Writing Checklist

    • Add to your story

    • Asking questions about a story (Model this)

    • Anchor chart (What Can I Add To My Writing?)


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Timeline of First 20 Days

  • Lesson 9 –

    • Writing Checklist

    • Cross out things you don’t want

    • Write aloud, important to model this

  • Lesson 10-

    • Introduction to conferencing

    • Show video clip

    • What to bring to a conference

    • How to sign up for a conference

    • May extend over multiple days

  • Lesson 11 –

    • Writing Checklist

    • Introduce red pen

    • Circle words that do not look right

    • Model / Write Aloud

  • Lesson 12 –

    • Writing Checklist, Introduce Trial Page pocket of folder

    • Use trial page to check spelling


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Timeline of First 20 Days

  • Lesson 13 –

    • Writing Checklist

    • Look up the circled words

    • May extend over multiple days of dictionary skills

  • Lesson 14 –

    • Writing Checklist

    • Read your story out loud. Listen for where your voice stops. Add punctuation.

    • May extend over multiple days of sentence work.

  • Lesson 15 –

    • Writing Checklist

    • Check for capitalization at the beginning of your sentences.

    • May extend over multiple days of capitalization practice.

  • Lesson 16 –

    • Introducing Peer Conferences

    • Meeting place, Timer, Goals, When can I meet?

    • Anchor Chart: Peer Conference Guidelines


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Timeline of First 20 Days

  • Lesson 17 –

    • Final Copy

    • Uses pencil, special paper

    • How to incorporate changes into final copy

  • Lesson 18 –

    • Modes of Writing

    • Brainstorm list of types of writing (magazine article, letter, research report, poetry, recipe book, etc.)

    • Divide students into groups to come up with samples of types of writing for a poster/bulletin board

  • Lesson 19 –

    • How to Use Your Portfolio

    • Order to staple papers in, where to put them

    • Final Copy, Rough Draft,


What can i add to my writing

What Can I Add to My Writing

  • Tell more about the characters

    • What do they look like?

    • Who do they remind you of?

    • What character traits do they have?

  • Tell more about the setting

    • What does the place look like?

    • What sounds are around you?

    • What does the place remind you of?

  • Tell more about the actions

    • How did she move? Run? Skip? Crawl?

    • How did he talk? Yell? Whisper? Shout? Stutter?

    • How did she look? Angry? Sad? Excited?


Spelling self help chart

Spelling Self-Help Chart

  • Say the word slowly and write down what you hear.

  • Write what you hear first, next, and last

  • Think of the way the word looks

  • Write the word in parts

  • Think of another word with similar parts


Peer conference guidelines

Peer Conference Guidelines

  • You may pick a partner to meet with you when you have finished the whole writing checklist.

  • Meet on the brown carpet.

  • Sit EEKK! (elbow to elbow, knee to knee)

  • Set the timer for 4 minutes

  • Partner A reads his piece of writing

  • Partner B asks questions to help him understand the piece of writing

    • What is the writing piece about?

    • Is there a confusing part?

    • What do I need to know more about?

    • What do I like about this piece?

  • Partners switch roles if needed


Seeds for writing

Seeds for Writing

  • People who are important to me

  • Places that are important to me

  • Things that are important to me

  • My favorites

  • What if…

  • Brainstorm a class list to keep in folder

  • T Chart of characters and settings


Managing conferences

Managing Conferences

  • Use a signal to mean that you are off limits

    • Tap light, hat, tie, flower in your hair

  • Create a behavior management plan or warning system

    • Create ownership by allowing students to help you decide on consequences

  • Use your FAB to help you keep track of conferences

  • Options:

    • Teacher-scheduled conferences 4 days a week

    • Student-scheduled conferences 1 day a week

      • Keep sign-up sheet on front board

Timeline

Brainstorm


Workshop warning system

Workshop Warning System

  • 1st Warning: Get back on track

    • Turn card to yellow

  • 2nd Warning: Move to new work area

    • Turn card to orange

  • 3rd Warning: Lose recess / Letter to parents

    • Turn card to red

      You may use the restroom one time during workshop if the pass is available.

Timeline


Supplies needed for writing workshop

Supplies Needed for Writing Workshop

  • 8-pocket Writing Folders

  • Printed Cover Page for folder (or blank paper)

  • Clear zipper pouches for pens

  • Black, Blue, and Red pens

  • Pencils and erasers

  • Writing Paper (options for paper)

  • Printed copy of writing checklist (laminated)

  • Half-sheets of writing checklist (optional)

  • Copies of Trial Page (pg. 86 in Scaffolding Young Writers)

  • Chart paper and markers


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