I’m a writer. There, I said it. Obviously I have to be to some degree because I started a blog….right? Even if I write so informally…??? When it comes down to it, aren’t all teachers writers??? For many years I was so uncomfortable teaching writing and honestly, part of me still is. But I love it! I love to write. I know I’m not the best writer, I wasn’t one of those AP English students in high school. However, writing is such an outlet for me (I am a pretty good speller though—it’s the rule-follower in me-haha).
I remember my teaching class where we read the book The Art of Teaching Writing by Lucy Calkins. We would get together in small groups and basically share what we wrote. Our professor would have us answer prompts or write a personal narrative. Boy, was that the most uncomfortable thing in the world! Writing is so personal. So, after many years of studying Lucy Calkins, (love her series of books), Ralph Fletcher, Writer’s Notebook, Teaching the Youngest Writer, ‘6+1’, attending numerous workshops and the ‘Heart of Texas Writing’, I firmly believe in the writing workshop model and I believe students should be writing every day. I know…that’s a tough one.
I hope to bring some insight into how you can incorporate writing. I hope that your students start writing from the get-go so they will grow up feeling comfortable with sharing their writing. It’s always going to be a personal thing….I get that…but if they start young I believe they’ll be able to communicate more effectively.
So….lots and lots to share. This first thing I put together for you is a simple one. It’s a FREEBIE on show not tell prompts. These prompts/cards can be used individually or in groups. Students are encouraged to use all of their senses to describe something.
You can get it HERE. Have a great weekend!