I have found that teaching writing as a process had helped my students 'flourish' as writers! It has even helped me as a teacher and author! I almost always start any writing project with a graphic organizer similar to the ones below.
We use these brain maps all the time - either together as a class, in small groups, or individually. It so helps us to get our thoughts organized.
After we have our Pre-Write brain map filled out, we are ready for the next step in the writing process - the Rough Draft. Again, these graphic organizers make it so easy for students (and teachers :)) to start developing the writing piece. I have included lots of organizers for different genres of writing, as well as different levels to scaffold and differentiate for your students' needs.
These transition words are perfect for writing focus wall or pocket chart.
COPS & ARMS have made Editing and Revising are so much easier to learn for my students - and so much easier to teach!
I have included 2 styles of Rubrics using these acronyms for each step. One rubric is for editing or revising with a partner, and the other is for editing and revising individually.
Students love this last step of the writing process, Publishing! They love it because they have put in so much effort and their writing piece and are proud to publish.
I consider sharing as part of the Publishing Process - the students love to share what they have created! Here are a few ways that we have shared in my classroom.
Read with a Partner
Read in Small Groups
Read to the Class
Read to Parent
What are some ways you have your students share their writing?
I was frequently frustrated when we were having one of those dynamic discussions that would be a perfect springboard into a writing project - but I did not have a class set of graphic organizers at my fingertips. I know we could have created our own, however, sometimes there just was not the TIME to do that with second graders.
So one summer I worked to organize my writing resources, using the resources from this pack. I made a class set of the graphic organizers for each step. After I set it up, I had a parent helper keep it stocked for us.
I'm so OCD that this makes my heart happy to just see the picture! :)