Today’s topic is getting those reluctant writers to write. Here are a few ways I do it!
1. Give my writer’s choice! I have found that my most reluctant writer’s will write when given choices. This allows them to pick options that are not too daunting for them, and they are interested and confident in. By me choosing what they choose from, I still have control that they are improving their writing through the activities. Some of my daily choices during Work on Writing include:
Students can pick from any of the 9 common core aligned writing options. They have directions and a scaffolded organizer to guide them (my reluctant writer’s LOVE these options.)
I have 10 of these in my room and my students absolutely LOVE reading their classmates writing and responding or writing their own entry. This is probably the favorite for most of my students!
Students love how by rolling a die or blindly picking a laminated card they can build the basis of any fun or silly story. This REALLY helps my reluctant writers because it gives them a framework to build off of.
2. Encourage writing with Writer’s Workshop.
My students LOVE writer’s workshop. To create a positive atmosphere I play music softly (sometimes classic, many times country.) This gets students focused. I also give them a focus board for what they should be working on, and a timer so they can keep track of their progress.
There are 10 prompts for each month and they are common core aligned. Sometimes I pick one and read it to the class for everyone to respond to, other times I let each person pick which one they want to work on.
We also do reflection journaling during this time. I’ll have students write 2 positives about their life, 1 problem they’re having, and 1 gratitude for someone in their lives. I try and do this at least once a week and the kiddos love it!
Another thing that all of my kiddos love to do is picture writing prompts. I will just pull pictures from the internet and project it on the board. I will ask students to either: A. Describe the picture in as much detail as possible B. Tell a story about what is going on in the picture C. Write a letter to the person or object in the picture. This is always a huge hit!
How do you encourage your writers? I’d love to hear your thoughts 🙂
AND.. I AM EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE!!!