This is quite a meaty chapter, with loads of details on exactly how to introduce booklets to beginning writers, when to do it, and variations of how to introduce booklets.
It is a thrill for me to read this chapter, since the children in our school are using Writer's Workshop from Kindergarten through first grade, so by the time they get to me in second grade, they already know the routine of the booklets!
When most students enter second grade, they are writing about a sentence per picture in their writing booklets. (We don't even have Draw and Write books at this level, but I'm thinking there are some kids that might benefit from telling a part of a story rather than several parts of the same story.) They know the routine of writing the title, their name, and the date on the cover, and putting a part of the story on each page. They know how to start with a "re-read" each day until the booklet is complete. They know how to record their work in their folders and make a new booklet for their next story.
A couple of things I loved about this chapter:
- I loved how the children talk through the parts of each book while touching the page that information will be on. They are using the individual pages as their graphic organizer! Talking and Writing are so closely related, I'm a big believer in letting the children talk about their stories before they pick up their pencils.
- I love how the children are often shown examples in published books that are connected in what they're doing in writing.
- I love how moving to booklets is an individual choice rather than mandatory, based on the child's readiness for moving on to longer stories.
- I'm glad I've read the chapters up through here, where the children only write one part of a story on one page. I've known some students who needed to do that. There are also kids who have stories that just don't have the need for several pages, but it's still a story that is important to them, and needs to be recorded and shared.
At the beginning of the year, I make sure I have plenty of pre-made booklets for the children, with a variety of paper and covers. I also make sure there is plenty of paper available for children to make their own booklets with paper of their own choosing, depending on the needs of the child as well as the story they are writing.
I made the two products below just for the purpose of having plenty of choices for the children. It has spaces for pictures with or without boxes, a couple of lines, half lines, mostly lines, or all lines. It has spaces at the top (or bottom, depending on how they hold the paper.) It also has vertical spaces that go to the side of the text. It has lines close together or lines further apart, depending on their needs. I also have all these choices for children who still need the midline. Click the images for links to Teachers Pay Teachers.
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