We began this shift with a question..."What do writers write about?" This led to a pretty thorough brainstorm around what the students have noticed about the books we read in our classroom and the topics that surround us: animals, sports, gymnastics, fishing, family, friends, etc. The children had no problem identifying what writers can write about and they quickly took on the role of "author" themselves.
Children were busy each day writing books about sharks, fishing, their families, pets, legos, anything they were excited about. With this new, invigorating motivation, we then began to discuss what authors do throughout the process of writing which only pushed to expand their own pieces.
So what DO writers (and illustrators) do?
- They keep on working the entire time, even if that means they start a new book.
- They add details to their words.
- They had details to their pictures
- They read to others to get feedback and questions
- They strive for accuracy and fix mistakes when they notice them.
- They reread their book.
- They check all their work before it goes to publishing.
And to be honest, it's been a blast for me too seeing their faces light up for Writer's Workshop.
Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative/explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic.
With guidance and support from adults, explore a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.