The writing process, at any age, is one that involves such time and dedication (especially if you are finishing a writing piece), that it must be celebrated. Students should not just write for the sake of writing; students should be writing with a greater purpose, as well as sharing and celebrating their work. In today's blog I will explain one way that we celebrate writing in our class.
For the last two months, my class has become researchers. They've learned about nonfiction and nonfiction features, all while engaging with nonfiction texts as they research animals. They have written several books and have each chosen one of their books to publish. Before publishing, however, they had to dedicate a lot of time making their books "publishing" ready. Through lots of revisions and editting, they finally published their beloved animal books.
Publishing their books was not our stopping point, however. We had to celebrate their hard work and the fact that they were real authors! To do so, we invited a kindergarten class to come and listen to their books. This gave my students time to really show off and shine and truly be proud of all the work they put into their books. What an exciting way to end our animal unit, and so much better than "okay we're done, so now let's move on."
Keep reading to find out the logistics:
1) Invite a class
2) Send out an invitation with the date (or let them choose! Teachers are busy, so giving them choices make it easier for them to attend)
3) Create a "U" shape with your desks: Your students sit on the outside of the desks and the guests come to the inside. The guest students each find a student and goes to that student to listen to his or her book. Once done, the guest student then finds another student who is available. This process repeats until the time is up (we do this for about 10-15 minutes)
Tip: When your guest class comes in, it might be helpful to explain to them what they are there for and why this is an exciting day. Since our guests are kindergartners, I even demonstrate what I expect them to do. Just keep your audience in mind.
What ways do you celebrate your students' writing? What are the logistics involved? I'd love to hear from you.