At the beginning of the unit, I gave students a rough draft booklet, which contains a page for each type of poetry, along with its definition, and space to practice their own examples. I will ask them to have this booklet with them for today, along with their new final draft poetry book that I will hand out today.
I begin by telling students that today they will get their final poetry book to begin their final draft. I tell them that their job today is to begin writing each poem in its designated spot in the book and adding an illustration to match. I remind them to use their best handwriting and think about the revisions they made.
Transition Time: Every day after the mini-lesson, students get 5 minutes of Prep Time to gather materials, find a comfy spot, use the bathroom, and anything else they might need to do to prepare for 40 minutes of uninterrupted Independent Writing.
Guided Practice: Today, I would be conferencing with students right at their comfy spots and monitoring their work to make sure it is their best quality work.
At the end of 40 minutes, I remind students that their job during reading time was to work on their final drafts. I then tell them that we will wrap up our poetry work tomorrow. Writer’s Workshop has come to an end.