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I have many favorite books that I use to motivate children to become writers. I have listed some of my favorites below.
In 2007, I discovered a wonderful new series by Rozanne Lanczak Williams. These simple books teach children how to write in different styles. There are examples of report writing, writing about a book, making lists and many other styles. They are perfect for introducing writing styles to your students.
Journal - This is the journal my student's use. I also like the Draw and Write Journal from Lakeshore. To make the journal, I made the paper using the Fonts4Teachers program. The cover is meant to be folded out when the children are writing so they can refer to the alphabet chart.
Writing Office - My kids love to use these writing folders for writing time. It is their own little office. It contains all kinds of writing helpers. I make the offices by first using packing tape to attach 2 file folder together. On the inside of the folder I have included a right and left hand, words from the Word, color words, shape words letters and numbers. I also have a Stop sign for a reminder to check for name and punctuation. There is also a spot for Post-it notes so kids can take the Post-itís to the word wall to copy a word. I also include a vowel sound helper. After I laminate the folders I will add the class list for names and write in family names and pets.
On the back side of the folders I have the office sign, a list of things the child can write about, another letter formation helper and a name tag for writing the childís name after it is laminated.
Here are some of the things that I created that I put on my writing office.
Click here for the color chart PDF.
Click Here for Post It Note sign.
Click Here for Star Word PDF.
Click Here for Writing Helps PDF.
Click here for Writing Check PDF.