Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Workshop Wednesday: Writing Tips

Happy Wednesday!

Time for:
Today's topic is writing tips.

You'll have to forgive the lack of pictures due to school vacation. :)

One of my favorite things to do with kids is to give them the rubrics ahead of time-to show them what I am looking for in their writing.
Haha! Managed a screen shot of one! :)

I try to make all the rubrics kid friendly-so they understand what I am looking for.

Another thing I do is to make a simple smile rubric ( :),  :|, :(  ), and have the kids read each others writing and color in the smile they think best fits the writing. (which I left on my school computer, so no screen shot or picture)

(I did this recently with their how-to's, covering things like, were you able to easily follow the directions, was their a variety of transition words, did your snowflake look like their snowflake).

This gives me a good idea of what the kids think of their writing, and their partner's writing. A good way to self-assess!

An easy way to guide students (and adults!) in their writing, and what we are looking for!

Smiles and Sunshine,


  1. I really enjoy using rubrics also. I always try to partner the students up and have them go through the rubric scoring one another and then themselves personally. It's neat to see the differences in how they score.
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  2. I absolutely agree that rubrics should be used and the kids should be clear on what is expected! Thanks for linking up!


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