Thursday, January 12, 2012

Oh, writing!

I don't know about all of you but I will admit....

Sometime I have a hard time with writing. 
Emphasis on time. :)

There. I said it. 

I am always reading new books and research on writing. I try different methods and approaches, but I guess I have not quite found the perfect formula! I love the writing process and that is what we use, but I think it basically comes down to TIME. Writing takes a lot of time, and with sixteen little ones all needing help at the same time makes it hard.
Well, my writing workstation had turned into....let's call it mess. I had to re-vamp it and came up with a little idea. I made a bunch of "mad libs" sheets where most of the writing is there and they fill in the details. I included five of these in my recent Chilly Creative Writing pack. I introduced the first one this week.
They will do one every two weeks, and this is the mandatory assignment they have to do and if they finish they have journal topics they can complete. Here are some pics:

Once they finish this they re-write on nice paper and draw a picture. I thought long about it and know this will be the best way for me to have my kiddos do great writing and they will finally have enough time to complete it! I am excited to see their finished product! I am really loving what they are doing so far, and I am optimistic this will eradicate the "hot mess". :)
And here is a freebie of one of these for you!
Mad Libs Scribd

Happy {almost} Friday!

5 notes to the teacher:


I love this! My kids are having a tough time with writing complete thoughts independently! This is wonderful!
❤ Sandra
Sweet Times in First


This is so cute! My kids would LOVE these. I totally get the time thing. What with required number of grades in everything and RTI everything it's so hard to find the time to spend on writing!

Rowdy in First Grade


This is a fabulous idea!!!
A Teeny Tiny Teacher

♥ Owl in a Vowel Tree ♥

So perfect! Thank you!

Mrs. Spence

I would love a set of these. Do you have an entire set created?

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