“Be yourself. Above all, let who you are, what you are, what you believe, shine through every sentence you write, every piece you finish.”
Writing can be a daunting task for some students, so my job is to make it fun, interesting, and new. I try to give my students a new Writing Prompt every other week so there is time to go through the writing process, and also have time to choose what they want to write about. I do Writer's Workshop at another time of the day, but Daily 5 time gives them "extra" time work work on current pieces.
I always have a checklist with student names for the Writing Pieces that we currently are working on, but most importantly, I have a list of Free Choices they can make if they finish the required pieces. This ranges from books containing Writing Prompts to technology links which students can use our classroom netbooks for. Either way, they always have PLENTY of Writing options to choose from.
During Daily 5, students write in their Writer's Notebook. This is a notebook of their choice which contains all of their rough drafts from the year.
Some great links to get your students "pumped" about Writing are:
Scholastic Story Starter
If you have inspiration to share with young writers please comment below! Happy Writing :)