One of the regular activites in my first grade classroom is the Moffat journal writing station. Each week, students research different states together, as well as listen to the stories that I share with them. This station runs itself and has the capacity to grow with them throughout the course of the year. Writing mini lessons are easily imbedded within.
We have begun working on paragrah writing. In some ways, the students have been doing this from the beginning of the year with our very scripted journal entries.
In my room, I always have the bare minimum that I expect of my students, but encourage them to go above and beyond to challenge themselves. More is always better!
Like I said, we have begun paragraph writing. This is quite amazing when you might consider a successful Kindergarten student to be writing one full and complete sentence. Imagine my delight, when one of my students brought me this incredible writing sample based upon our NY studies. I was particulary fond of the personal voice she added to her work. She knew her mom had run the NYC marathon, so it would stand to reason that Moffat could participate as well! This child is a writer! Way to go!
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