Teaching the Writing Process
I’ve been working in a third grade classroom. The class began the year with a focus on oral storytelling. Recently they started their writers’ notebooks. We’re now moving into their first writing project of the year. Like most Writing Workshops, this unit focuses on the process writers use when working toward publication.
In order to help Mr. Miller as his students move into drafts, I shared Chapter 7, “From Notebooks to Drafts” in The No-Nonsense Guide to Teaching Writing by Hill and Davis. Today, on my way to work, I was thinking about this phrase — From Notebooks to Drafts — and how it would be a good title for a chart to help students. As I made this chart, it led me to make another chart titled: From Drafts to Publication. It was only logical, then, to make a third chart titled: From Living to Notebooks (which captured the teaching from the previous week). (Obviously, I wouldn’t introduce all of these on one day . . . they would be used in minilessons when students were ready to move deeper into the writing process.)
I’m anxious to watch how Mr. Miller’s students put the charts to use. I think they will be a good resource for his young writers as they begin to navigate the writing process for themselves.