Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Reluctant Writers Lesson Idea and Giveaway!



We are using the Lucy Calkins Units of Study for our writing program, and she really encourages lots of free time for students to just write.  While I love this idea, some of my reluctant writers absolutely do not!  They spend the entire time hemming and hawing over not knowing what to write about, and end up with a sentence if I am lucky after 30 minutes of writing!  

I know that students become better writers by ACTUALLY WRITING, so I am constantly trying to think of ways to spur my reluctant writers on. 

One thing that I have been working on is giving my students mini-lessons with strategies for developing ideas to write about.  One strategy that we use often is the use of a mentor text.  I found this book on sale from Scholastic and purchased it during my last book order.


It looked like it might be a fun read, so, I purchased it, but when I read it, I knew I hit a writing mentor text gold mine.

When you open the text it begins with a teacher asking her student why he didn't do his homework.



He begins to list a variety of outrageous excuses.




My students roared with laughter as we read each of his reasons.  When we finished the book, I asked them to think of additional ideas they could add to the book if they were writing a sequel.  My students actually jumped at the chance.


Their ideas were hilarious!  Here a just a few examples...






And one of my favorite pics... look how proud of himself he is!  A full page of writing!  Woo Hoo!



You can also watch this Periscope video I did a few weeks ago describing this lesson in more detail along with a few other ideas for helping your reluctant writers.



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