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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Workshop Wednesday: Organizing my Writing Center


I am super excited about my writing center this year!  Today I am linking up with Jivey, from Ideas by Jivey for her awesome linky, Workshop Wednesday to share how I keep it organized.


Our opening writing lessons are all about gathering ideas.  I shared many of the ways I have students gather writing ideas here.

Despite my best efforts, I always seem to have students who get stuck finding a topic to write about.  This year, I was more determined than ever to break this pattern.  I started off with some ideas to make writing as fun as possible.  I filled one of the drawers in my writing center with fun cards.  I thought the authenticity of writing to someone and actually delivering the letter would appeal to my students.  I was right.  I actually had to make a limit of one card per day because they were going through them like crazy.  I checked over quite a few of them, and they are definitely using the cards correctly.


I also tried to appeal to my crafty students.  I filled one drawer with some fun paper, Post-its, and speech balloons.  These have also been a hit with my students.


For those students who have a topic, but need an idea for writing about it, I posted these fun writing ideas.  This display has helped students incorporate more variety in their writing notebooks.  (These writing ideas are a freebie in my TPT store.  You can get them here, if you are interested.)

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Writing-Ideas-772691

Finally, some of my students still need a little nudge with some specific ideas.  I wanted to create some writing prompts that would encourage thoughtful, creative writing that wasn't over the top silly.  I came up with 30 prompts and placed them in a 3" X 10" plastic organizer.  (Click here or on any picture to see this product.)

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Writing-Prompts-for-August-and-September-1375431

I have had a lot of luck with these.  Several students from both of my writing classes choose to use these prompts every day during independent writing time.  I am very happy with how they turned out.  Here are a few samples.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Writing-Prompts-for-August-and-September-1375431
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Writing-Prompts-for-August-and-September-1375431
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Writing-Prompts-for-August-and-September-1375431
I also put the prompts in another format to use as a formative assessment from time to time.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Writing-Prompts-for-August-and-September-1375431
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Writing-Prompts-for-August-and-September-1375431
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Writing-Prompts-for-August-and-September-1375431

I also have 30 prompts for October ready to go.  Here is a quick sample of those.  November prompts are on the way soon! (Click here or on any picture to see this product)

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Writing-Prompts-for-October-1395379
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Writing-Prompts-for-October-1395379
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Writing-Prompts-for-October-1395379
(These prompts are also available on lined paper with space for a small illustration.)

***Both sets of writing prompts are 20% off now through Saturday!

I am off to see how everyone else is organizes for their workshops.  I love seeing all the different systems.  It really helps me as I continue to work on improving my own.  Thank you, Jivey for hosting the wonderful linky.

Happy Hump Day!

3 comments:

  1. Very clever! I love some of those writing prompts, especially the one about your teacher turning into a ghost.

    Jennifer
    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

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  2. I love the idea of having notecards in the writing center!
    -Sharon

    The Morning Belles

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