We recently completed a project that we took through the writing process- prewriting, rough draft, revise and edit, final draft, and publish. Our final drafts are displayed in the hall and we have received many compliments!
Prewriting: We read There’s No Day Like a Snow Day, and listed activities you could do if it snowed. We experienced real snow days too!
We wrote our rough drafts using a sticky note graphic organizer. This system allowed us to easily rearrange our sentences during the revising process. I instructed the children to write a paragraph with a main idea, supporting details, and a closing sentence. Then we listed ways we could make our writing more interesting- varying sentence length, beginning sentences in a variety of ways, including figurative language (alliteration, similes, or onomatopoeia), descriptive words and greater detail. One of my goals was for them to use transition words- first, next, later, afterwards, finally, etc.
Then I met individually with each child to help them revise (clarity, language, and sequence) and edit (punctuation, capitalization, and spelling) his/her rough draft. We copied our rough drafts in paragraph form. We are learning to indent the beginning of a paragraph.
Finally, each child made a snow setting and glued a picture of him/her into it. I took these pictures during our blizzard dress down day.
This was a lot of work, but the final products and the skills the children mastered made it well worth the effort!