Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Workshop Wednesday-Writing

Happy Wednesday!

I've started to look forward to Wednesdays (besides being the halfway mark of the week), so see all the wonderful ideas from Jivey's Workshop Wednesday linkys.

Today's topic is our favorite writing mini-lesson. Well, my favorite things to teach in writing is....


I love how creative the kids can be-and although it's important that they have all those lessons on mechanics and how to write certain pieces-I love teaching them the freedom of poetry.

One of my favorite lessons this year was teaching them how to write haikus.

I downloaded some lessons from the SMART Exchange to get started. I emphasized that haikus were usually about nature, and that they have a very specific 5 syllable, 7 syllable, 5 syllable structure.

Then, we brainstorm ideas/words that would help us write our own haikus (We did this when winter was hanging on-so we brainstormed Spring words in hopes that it would be here soon!)

I asked them what words (1-2) that they thought of when I said the word "Spring".

They were then sent off to write their own! I told them that they didn't have to use the words on the board, that was just to get them started.

They wrote on about spring (my requirement) and then I had them write another about anything they wanted.

Here are my favorites on Spring:

Ignore the desk disaster :)

What's your favorite writing topic to teach?

Smiles and Sunshine,


  1. I love that pollen is what someone thinks of for Spring. ME TOO!! LOL I hate it though! Love the ideas! Thanks for linking up!

  2. So happy to find your blog through the linkup. Loove the colors! I also use Smart Exchange sometimes but usually find so much better stuff on TpT!
    :) Erin
    I'm Lovin Lit

  3. I love your student's finished poems, they look so cute!
    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  4. Those are beautiful poems! We are working on poetry right now :-)


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