1. YOU Need To Be Excited!
2. Make it Routine!
3. But Don’t Get Stuck!
- Partner writing-allow students to work together to create a writing piece.
- Writing dice like these give students random ideas that they should incorporate into their stories.
- Free choice day: usually we are writing in a particular genre, but to mix it up I allow students to write in a genre of their choice for the day.
- Different materials: have a variety of writing materials available for students to use including crayons, markers, pens, and different patterned paper that you know your students will just love!
5. Make it Memorable!
- Going outside if you are writing about nature
- Bring the topic into your class-For example, if you are writing an expository piece about rabbits, see if someone can bring a rabbit into your classroom
- Complete a simulation:
Dice simulations are one of my favorite ways to give students an experience that will get them excited about writing. They are easy for me because all I have to do is print, hang around the room, and add dice. It really doesn’t get any more low prep than that! I have created dice simulations for historical, science, and seasonal topics.
6. Allow Time to Share!
The most important thing about writing is allowing students time to share! They need to know that they are writing for an audience and not just writing for it to be put in a portfolio. This post has some great ways that you can provide authentic audiences for your students’ writing.
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