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Exposing, Sharing, & Connecting: Helping Writers See Why We Write

Hello Readers,

Here you are making space within your day to read this post. What has brought you here today? Maybe you’re a classroom teacher looking for ideas for writing workshop. Perhaps you’re a coach seeking information for a particular teacher. Whatever the reason your purpose will guide how you read and intentionally use the information in this post.

When we know the purpose or the why in our work we work intentionally. As teachers, knowing our writers are working with intention allows us to trust the students. With trust, we can step back and allow students to make the decisions about their writing.

In this post, I am sharing intentional practices that can be used to help students see the purposes of writing. My hope is you will be inspired to give students opportunities to discover their voice through authentic writing purposes.

Exposure To Writing

  • Read for pleasure
  • Read to highlight craft
  • Read to share the sound of the language
  • Read the writing within their environment
  • Read to show the vitality and necessity of writing

Share in the Purposes of Writing


Compose your weekly parent letter as a class. As students reflect on the events of the week deciding what information to share they’re learning the importance of writing for an audience.


Leave post-it notes for students with bits of inspiration. Students can later take on this task leaving messages of encouragement for peers.


Writing out the daily schedule offers its own opportunities for students to engage in the plans for the day. Intentionally use the agenda as a reference of information throughout the day.

Morning Message

At the end of the day, gather together to write a morning message for the following day. The morning message will greet the students and provide them with directions and information for the day. Writing the morning message offers students to see the planning that goes into writing.

Book Recommendations

Consider writing a book recommendation to a neighboring class. Sharing book recommendations gives students an opportunity to share great literature with others.

AME Dyckman
Photo Credits Avery, age 6

Connecting Writers with WRITERS!

  • Visit author websites and blogs.  Many authors share how they became writers, their writing space(s), and how they find ideas.

    Photo Credits Camden, age 7
  • Young writers will find connections between themselves and the authors they love. Share the author note at the end of a read aloud. Author notes often include fun facts about the author and a photo.
  • Connect in real time with the authors. You can find many of them on Twitter, they may even reply to your tweets!  Kate Messner has compiled a list of writers who will skype with classes for free!

4 thoughts on “Exposing, Sharing, & Connecting: Helping Writers See Why We Write

  1. These are important things to talk about with young writers!

    I’ve been having this conversation at home with Isabelle since she feels it’s unfair that she only has computer class once a week. I’m trying to convince her to write a persuasive letter to her principal to ask for a second computer time (like the first graders have) each week. I’m trying to get her to understand that she can use her words to bring about change. (Maybe we need to check out some mentor texts like I Wanna Iguana for inspiration…)


    1. Stacey,
      persuasive writing is a great idea! Thanks for adding this thought, Good luck to Isabelle, computers once a week is not sufficient for students to learn how to be flexible and fluent with choice and voice in learning!

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