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Teaching Kids How to Create Plan Boxes

Chart: Plan Boxes

Originally uploaded by teachergal

Thursday’s the day I’m going to teach my kids how to create a plan box. I created this chart as a scaffold for visual learners who might not fully t internalize my “Here’s how to create a plan box spiel.”

I’m also zooming-in on two sample plan boxes, which are connected with this-coming Thursday’s lesson. To view more samples of plan boxes, click here.

Sample Plan Box #1

Sample Plan Box #2

Stacey Shubitz View All

I am a literacy consultant who has spent over a decade working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grade K-6, I'm a former fourth and fifth-grade teacher so I have a passion for working with upper elementary students.

I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).

5 thoughts on “Teaching Kids How to Create Plan Boxes Leave a comment

  1. I have been using planning boxes since day one (of this year) and they are really helpful. I can’t believe how much time it is saving me because I know who is having trouble getting started while they are still on the carpet with me, instead of discovering it 10 minutes later. Today I taught a lesson on reading what has already been written before adding to the story and the plan boxes definitely helped the students to remember exactly what they were working on Friday.


  2. Thanks so much for sharing! I’m having a hard time with my struggling/reluctant writer’s getting started and staying focused. I’m hoping that this will help. Please continue to post and share your amazing ideas! 🙂


  3. Thank you for your willingness to share your ideas. I love that you show examples of what plan boxes look like. I also find it helpful to look at the anchor chart you use with your students. I am going to try plan boxes with my 4th graders.


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