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.)

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.)

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.
I also put the prompts in another format to use as a formative assessment from time to time.

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)
(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!


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

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

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

    The Morning Belles