One day, after school Arleigh said, "Mom, it was the best day ever in kindergarten!" Wondering what we had done that day, Amanda ask, "What did you do today that was so great?" Arleigh said, "Mom did you know that good writers are never done? Do you know what that means? That means that I get to write all of those stories in my heart...all of them! Isn't that great?!" (Arleigh is now in high school and works with the school publication!) We want to build that sense of excitement in all of our writers.
- Writer's pick their own topic.
- Writer's build stamia.
- Children work at different rates, some taking longer to finish a piece.
- Some children start many pieces, but rarely finish any.
- Teach children to ask themselves three questions, "Do I need to add to the picture?, Do I need to add to the words?, and Do I need to start a new piece?"
- Tackle each question in a mini lesson, meaning that it will take 3 days to cover all of the questions.
Link: Say, "Remember yesterday when we..." and remind the children what you taught them yesterday.
Teach: Say, "Today, I am going to show you how good writers ask themselves questions when they think they are done with a piece of writing. One question they might ask themselves is, "Do I need to add to the pictures?"
Using a writing that you finished in a previous mini lesson, model adding to your picture. It is important that children understand WHY you are adding to your picture...we want to help our readers. We add to our picture so that the reader will know more about our piece of writing. We want to make it clear for our reader.
Link: "So remember boys and girls, today and everyday, good writers ask themselves questions when they think they are done with their writing. One question they might ask themselves is, "Do I need to add to the picture?"
Does conferencing with kids stress you out? Are you never sure what to say? Next week, I will share a post on conducting a conference and give you a little cheat sheet to make it easy, peasy! Until then...happy writing.
The Am I Done Yet? anchor chart is from this unit.