Hello!! I am Melanie from Momma with a Teaching Mission. I am a 1st grade teacher in Maryland and I love my job!!
I think it is super important to first instill a love for writing in your students. The first 3 to 4 weeks was spent building a love for writing. We generated ideas and I did 5-7 minute mini-lessons, but the majority of our writers workshop time was spent with them writing and building their writing stamina. We always closed out a lesson sharing a couple pieces.
Then it was time to move onto teaching 'how to' writing, or common core standard W.1.2 (Writing informative pieces). As many of you know, students come to us on all different kinds of levels. And I know you are probably sick to your stomach with the word 'differentiation', but I will tell you that that has really made the difference for my students.
I mean really, how can we give all students one tool and expect the same result from each one. They are all different, coming to us from different paths and backgrounds. That is ABSOLUTELY LUDICROUS to expect one organizer or one way to work for ALL of our students! So here's what has worked for me!
www.tarheelreader.org, students can read books written by other students (or there is an option for it to read to the students), and they can even create books (we haven't made it that far!) But offering technology helps to get those easily distracted students more engaged in the activity.
And don't give up! If you find what you are doing isn't working, that's OK!! Try something else. You will see what works for you and your students. Not everything will work every year, and that's ok!!
The resources in the images above can be found by clicking on link here: How to Writing How to Make a Pizza or you can visit my TPT store: Momma with a Teaching Mission
Best of luck to you! Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions or comments, you can find that over at my blog!