Thursday, October 18, 2012


Writer’s Chant - Children repeat each line to this chant as you open your arms wide and clap while stepping from side to side.
Who knows the writing process?
I know the writing process.

First step.  (Hold up one finger.)
Brainstorm.  (Hands on the side of your head and shake down.)
Second step…(Hold up 2 fingers.)
Write it down…(Pretend to write with index finger on palm.)
Third step…(Hold up 3 fingers.)
Edit your work…(Shake finger.)
Fourth step…(Hold up 4 fingers.)
Publish your work…(Brush hands together.)
Oh, yeah!  (Hands on hips with an attitude.)

Isn't this chant a COOL way to reinforce the "Production and Distribution of Writing"?

W.K.5.  With guidance and support from adults, respond to questions and suggestions from peers and add details to strengthen writing as needed.

Interactive Writing – The teacher begins writing about a topic of interest to the students.  The teacher invites the children to “share” the marker and come up and write words, add punctuation, etc. to the story as you go along.

Mixed Up Message – Write a daily message and intentionally misspell words, omit punctuation, use inappropriate grammar, etc.  Children play “teacher” and correct your work.

Buddy Writing – Invite children to make books with a friend.  They can take turns using the pencil and illustrating details.

Author Party – Involve children in planning an “Author Party” where they can showcase their writing.  Let them make invitations and plan refreshments.  (You could invite families or another class in your school.)   The party would be a great incentive for children to write, edit, and create a book they are proud to share.