Manic Monday Classroom Freebies – Writing For Readers Checklists

I am participating in a “Manic Monday” linky party!

My Writing For Readers Paper!

It is my favorite because: 

This is a new way of looking at how to help young writers improve their writing in authentic ways.  It is a unit that can be used for months and have impact for longer!

The story behind it:

I was working with a colleague on ideas of how to help our kids improve their writing. We were initially working on a unit about writing personal narratives, and we created a rubric of things we wanted our kids to include in their work.  All of a sudden I got the idea to actually put this rubric right on the paper the kids were using.  I created “self-checklist” paper for this first unit, and my kids’ writing improved in authentic ways by leaps and bounds.  After that, I created checklist paper for every unit to follow.  This writing for readers unit is excellent for helping kids remember to use conventions, which we all know is very difficult!

How to use it:

This is super easy to use, especially because there is a complete “how to” guide included in the freebie, as well as a pacing guide.  Begin by exploring lots of books with your students and noticing the conventions.  Co-create a list of things you notice (ensuring that you come up with the things on the real checklist).  Then show the kids the checklist of the things you came up with.  Finally, show them how you have paper with that checklist on it.  Then use the checklist during conferences, share time, and peer revision to help kids check and edit their work.  Enjoy!

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2 Responses to Manic Monday Classroom Freebies – Writing For Readers Checklists

  1. Flying into First September 10, 2012 at 8:14 pm #

    Great freebie! Found you through the classroom freebies linky.
    Flying Into First Grade

    • Teaching Ace September 10, 2012 at 8:38 pm #

      Thanks for coming to the blog! I am glad you like the freebie – I hope it is useful for you.