Sunday, May 1, 2011

Writing Workshop Folders

I teach a modified version of Lucy Calkins' Writing Workshop.  I love it.  Although I supplement the program, it really turns my 1st graders into confident writers.  I think my enthusiasm about writing helps get them motivated.  Writing is my favorite subject to teach and my favorite time of day! I enjoy the challenge that writing presents!

I am posting to show you the writing folders that I make for my students.  I have used both folders and binders over the past 8 years, but much prefer the folders, as they are simple and easy for kids to use.  I periodically take the kids' folders home and folders are much easier to take than binders.  Also, at the end of each unit, I can quickly remove all writing pieces.  I buy bright folders of the same color so they are easy for the kids to spot in their desks.  I label the front pocket with "still working" and the back pocket with "finished." I spend a lot of time at the start of the year teaching students about this and how to decide whether they are finished or not finished with a piece.

Inside the folder, I put several plastic sleeves.  There's an alphabet chart, word lists, and some additional resources, which are included in my best-selling pack shown below.
Student Folders
One resource inside (all are included in my start-up kit)
Filing her work

Everything shown plus lots more is included.  180 pages of resources!

I also have many writing units for sale including poetry, opinion, revision, writing for others, non-fiction and more! They are all bundled in my set shown below, which you can get at a discounted rate.  This bundle will give you approximately one year's worth of writing resources and mini-lessons!  Click the picture to check it out!

I hope this helps those of you struggling with teaching writing.  Writing time is my favorite time of day!



Melissa said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Writing is an area I need to work on big time! I'll be stealing this folder idea for next year!
What kind of paper do you have your kids write on?
I like spiral notebooks becuase they're cheap, but I really like how you set up these folders.
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Ms.M said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Love the folders. Mine are very similar. However, I love the "When I'm done" sheet in their folders. Mine is just a large posted in the class and I feel like the kids never look at it. :( I think I will copy yours next year.

Ms. M
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jbales said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thanks for sharing. I'd love a copy of the papers you put in the folder. Can you upload those too? Thanks again!

Mrs. Richardson said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I spy Lucy Calkin's!!!! :) I'm glad someone else loves her as much as I do! Have you checked out her Reader's Workshop book? It's only $10 and I LOVE it!!

Annteach3 said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Do you have templates for these that you would be willing to share? Thanks

Terri Kelley said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hello. I was on Pintrest and saw this great Teacher collection. Then I saw this blog and thought that perhaps you'd be interested in my latest writing process series. It's eight children's picture books in the Writing is a Process series. Each book introduces, engages and informs students about a different step in the writing process. You can find the books individually on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc. or buy them as a bundle on my website, Libraries and school districts may order them from Ingrams or Baker&Taylor. Please let me know if you need more information.

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