Friday, September 12, 2008

Writing for Readers

The children in our class have been writing since the first day of school and it is amazing to see the growth in just a few short weeks. They show an eagerness and confidence when asked to write a personal narrative and many of their stories span several pages. They are confident and happy writers and love sharing their "small moments" at the end of the workshop. By having the opportunity to write for forty minutes a day, students generate and produce stories that have great beginnings and lots of details. They are also learning how to reread and edit their work.
Today in Writer's Workshop, students had the opportunity to share their finished pieces with a friend. Each child had a partner and they took turns sharing their stories. They were encouraged to comment on their friend's writing, help to edit the piece, and compliment their partner's efforts. Afterwards, we came together and shared what our writer's have learned from this activity. "Writing for Readers" isn't that what it's all about?


dayle timmons said...

These are such great writing aaprtner pictures! Can't wait to read some of the students' work!

Suzanne said...

Everyday on our way home from school, I ask C, "What did you write about today?" He tells me almost every detail and I love hearing his stories. Maybe we could work collaboratively and build on-line student portfolios. What do you say?