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Friday, August 9, 2019


Children can learn how to edit their work with this “handy” idea.

(Make a fist with your right hand to begin.)

     1. If you started your sentence with a capital letter you can stick up your thumb.

     2. If you read the sentence and it makes sense you can stick up your index finger.

     3. If you remembered to put punctuation at the end you can stick up your pinky finger.

     4. Then you can say, “I love my sentence.” (Turn your fist over and you will be making sign language for “love.”)

The Writing Process
Motivate children to write by having them stand and echo this chant.  Spread your arms wide as you clap and step from side to side to the beat.


Who knows the writing process?
     Who knows the writing process?
I know the writing process.
I know the writing process.

First step. (Hold up one finger.)
     First step.
Brainstorm. (Hands on the side of your head and shake down.)


Second step.  (Hold up 2 fingers.)
     Second step.
Write it down.  (Pretend to write with index finger on palm.)
     Write it down.


Third step.  (Hold up 3 fingers.)
     Third step.
Edit your work.  (Shake finger.)
     Edit your work.


Fourth step.  (Hold up 4 fingers.)
     Fourth step.
Publish your work.  (Brush hands together.)
     Publish your work.

Oh, yeah! (Hands on hips with an attitude.)