Puppets are powerful vehicles through which kindergarten students can develop characters and experiment with storytelling and play is essential to the way that young children learn. By combining puppets and play, children can begin to do the important pre-writing work necessary to develop rich characters and powerful stories in writing workshop.
It's never too early to instill writerly habits. A class idea book will inspire kids to collect seeds for writing everywhere they go (and much, much more!).
There’s a new primary voice on our co-author team!
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Comparing two writing samples may be as effective as scoring using a rubric
See how these first graders added dialogue to their narrative writing.
How can we encourage our youngest writers to use brave spelling? How can we help them overcome their fear of getting it wrong?
What are the books that have shaped you as a teacher of writing? Reflecting today, in thanks, for the authors and books that have influenced my life as a teacher.
So I stepped back and let the writers get to work. The chatter was about organizing notebooks, planning where they like to write and sharing writing over the summer.
A chart for first graders
Sometimes making a small change can produce big results.
Listen to these kindergarten students respond to the question, "What do you know about being a writer?"