My students are rocking and rolling with daily journaling, and I have two personal objectives for the next two weeks:
1) Informally assess what they already know, identify challenges, and plan for my Interactive Writing instruction
2) Allow students time for free creative writing (without prompts) to foster a LOVE and excitement for writing
Thus far, my objectives are being met in that six of my boys are ENTHRALLED with writing imaginative superhero stories together! Another boy is writing about his first experiences with learning cursive, and a girl is writing simple poetry. I absolutely LOVE helping to light that “spark” of interest in creative writing, and I’m excited to help them make “fireworks” in third grade!
Here’s how I helped my students set up journals this year:
1) Together, we brainstormed a list of “What Good Writers Do” and compiled our top choices in our journals.
2) To encourage them to visualize their role as a “good writer,” I then had students draw and illustrate themselves as writers.
3) The following day, we discussed the characteristics of each genre of writing and recorded them in this pyramid foldable:
4) We brainstormed writing ideas for narrative writing, since that is our first genre of focus. The students then had free time to write about their topic of choice, with most of them choosing to write narratives.
To purchase my Interactive Common Core Writing Journal Organizers (suitable for Grades 2-3) that you see in the above pictures along with MANY more engaging organizers, please visit the following link: