During my first year of teaching I attended a Calendar Day hosted by the TCRWP where I got the idea for creating portable folders for my students to use in Writing Workshop to assist them with collecting “patches of thought” for each of their subordinate ideas during the personal essay unit of study. Though Lucy Calkins & Cory Gilette’s Book suggests using a more sophisticated folder system for this task, I still love the folder system I used in 2004. The kids like it. It works for them. Hence, I keep using it.
I created a little slide show that documents how I put them together this year. (I upgraded! I’m now using labels rather than writing “Body Paragraph #1,” “Body Paragraph #2,” etc. over and over and over again.) I hope you find this useful.
Literacy Consultant. Author. Former 4th and 5th Grade Classroom Teacher.