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Have students do this weekly so they can learn to write letters as well as just basic writing strategies. This way you know what they learned. Model maybe 1st and 2nd week then have them do it every Friday before they leave for the week.

Story Bags- Put random stuff in each bag and have them make up and write a story based on what is in the bag. Great for fictional writing.

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Writing Workshop Series: Post #1 Writers' Notebooks

Trash Can Thesaurus...throw away over used words and replace with others. This could be a great opportunity for you to expand your students' vocabulary. www.teachthis.com.au

Tracking student's writing progress....seriously so GENIUS! I only knew about dropping clothespin in bucket, etc. to let you know which students are done w/ assignment, but THIS method can track the chaotic writing processing that require the student to complete multiple tasks ; )

This is a great chart to display for the writing process! Students can refer back to this to see the step by step method! This is great for visual learners! This connects to the 4th grade NYS Math Standard 4.W.5. With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing.

Writing Pin 1. This is a writing goals chart. This chart could be put up sometime in the beginning of the school year. As the year progresses and students reach these goals, they can put their names in the spaces.

The best organization of a Writer's Notebook I've found- plus, simple activities for starting writing off 'WRITE!' this school year! :)