Children gather on the rug for storytime, I have a special book that gives clues to something new from which you will be working. This new item is special because it carries around bits of you and at the end of the school year, you will get to take these special surprises home. The name of the book is Bunny Loves to Write. If you do not have access to this book, I have listed several other appropriate books for this lesson in the resource section. Books to Teach Writing
I read the story with enthusiasm and in a tone that hints to the special piece for our class about this book. Who can give a guess to the importance of this book for us? (When three children have made their guesses, I show the children the journals that I have prepared for them to use.) I have something very special to write in; it is your very own journal!
I can see that you are eager to get your hands on your journals, but like many other tools in our classroom, there are certain behaviors that you have to show: We write and draw on one page per day, starting at the beginning of our journal, and on the next day, we write on the next page. (Later on in the year they will be able to write on more pages, if needed.) We will be writing in our journals every day, so we will need to keep them in a location that is handy--I chose your Book Boxes
We are going to make a chart about our journals, and that the journal writing time is going to be called "Work on Writing". You will be working with a buddy to discuss some of the things that you might need to do during WOW time. Here are the directions which I will write on the board.
1. Why do you think it is so important to write everyday?
2. What will our room look like when we are writing?
3. What will our teacher be doing during WOW time?
I set the timer and give the children about three minutes to talk to one-another. When the timer goes off, I ask, "Who would like to share one of your partner's ideas about why we must write every day?" We make a list of these ideas and then go on to answer the other questions. As we talk this through, I jot down the answers that I most want emphasized. For example, if the idea "we care about our writing and the people who read it," is not included in some form, then we want to make sure we add it to the list.
You have shared some great thoughts about writing. Now let's look at What can we write about. We generate a list of ideas for topics to write about. For the first writing assignment, we write about the same topic, so that they can bounce ideas off on another. Writing about what we know is a good way to get children to express themselves and give sufficient details.
Today, we will all be writing about the same topic. We will write about some things we like and some things we don't like.
The children are given their journals to take back to their seats. I ask them to look at their name and number on the journals to make sure that they are correct. I have the children find the first page and show me by raising their hands before I give the "go ahead" to begin writing. I look to see if the children have their journals on the first page and if they are ready to enter the world of the amazing storyteller. Then I let them begin...