Ideas for Managing Daily Writing Time
Daily Writing Activities are new to our website as of mid-June, 2012.
Many more activities in this section are on the way!
Whether you are a classroom teacher, a homeschooling parent, a gifted specialist, or a student looking for writing practice, you are welcome to use the daily writing activities on this site.
If you are teaching, here are some ideas to help you incorporate these writing activities so they will be most effective in your classroom.
However, if your focus is to motivate students to write on any topic, you might prefer to have them select any topic that interests them. You may also wish to assign topics in a different order so they align better with units you are studying.
-Morning work/ bell ringers
-A language arts center
-An early finisher option/enrichment
-A center during Writing Workshop
-A choice during free time
-A whole-class activity at the end of the day
-Lunch or after-school writing club
You might also want to see Group Norms for Writing Time for suggestions about expectations during student writing time.
You could also expect students to complete a given number of writing lessons per week in paper or electronic journals. Collect them periodically, and ask students to choose their most promising work for you to assess. You could provide feedback about the writing prompt responses within the journal, and track the quality of sentence editing with a simple plus/check/minus or 3/2/1 system.
Another alternative would be to use the prompts to encourage students to generate writing, so that they have a wealth of material to choose from as they select pieces to develop, edit, and publish. In this case, you might informally assess the completion of prompts or a student's time on task during writing time, and use an existing grading policy to score the published pieces that grow from the prompts.
You might also elect to assign scores for the sentence editing activities based on the accuracy of the student's corrections, and use those scores to plan mini-lessons on particular rules for spelling, grammar, or punctuation.
When students submit edited sentences, they will earn virtual badges in our Editing Hall of Fame. This recognition is similar to the Problem-Solving Hall of Fame and All-Time Book Quiz Hall of Fame on our site. Student submissions are credited using the writer's first name and last initial, and the writer's age and city.
When students submit their written responses to prompts, we may publish their responses (or excerpts from them) on the site so that other students can learn from their examples. Over time, as we collect more student writing on the site, you can use those pieces to help students learn to analyze writing and offer constructive feedback.
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