I'm back for another week of the Ten Pin Linky with Ashley from Just Reed. This week's focus is on Writing. I have to admit that Pinterest has inspired me a lot in this area. I cannot believe the incredible anchor charts that other teachers out there are making. I pin them and then try to make a modified version in my own room. You'll notice I don't post pictures of my own anchor charts - they look like an epic failure in comparison :)
Anyhow, in no particular order, here are some of my favorite Writing pins:
Writing Goals - I loved the idea of students choosing an area to focus on with the CAFE strategies. Why not carry this idea over into Writing? I loved the look of this one:
Source: Heeren's Happenings
When I introduce journal writing to my students, the biggest frustration is hearing, "What should I write about?" I loved this anchor chart and how The Teacher Wife created printables for it.
Source: The Teacher Wife
Another thing that has been on my wishlist is a Writing menu. Lori (Teaching with Love and Laughter) created these printables. I love that they can be added to a display as you introduce them to your students.
Source: Teaching with Love and Laughter
I also think it's important to teach students about author's purpose. I love this anchor chart to show the various reasons:
Source: The First Grade Parade
I fell in love with the idea of a traveling class pet and even got things ready to implement it last year. Unfortunately, some ideas just don't always make the cut when you are just trying to survive the first few months of school. Perhaps this will be the year to try it:
Source: Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits
I've mentioned this anchor chart before. I created one very similar and it was a saving grace for my second graders when writing opinion pieces. FYI - when I went to credit the source, it said the blog couldn't be found. I'm hoping it's just a fluke.
Here's another one I've posted about in the past. I was already teaching How-To Writing and looking for a way to spice it up. I fell in love with these craftivities at first sight. This is jam-packed with topic ideas, planning pages, and various writing papers. My kids loved this style of writing!
I don't think I did a lot of justice to friendly letters last fall. I think I released responsibility too early and we all got frustrated with the process. I have some new ideas for the fall and can't wait to use them.
Source: Unknown (if it's yours, please let me know)
Here's another anchor chart that caught my eye:
Source: Following Optimism in 2nd Grade
Finally, I know students need to evaluate their own work. I've seen a few different ideas on Pinterest, but I really like the idea of a visual comparison so students can compare their work to the posted examples. Here's one of the rubrics I found:
Source: Primary Punch
I can't wait to see what everyone else has pinned to get some new ideas :)