What if I told you moving your ENTIRE writing instruction to small group instruction will turn your students into INCREDIBLE writers? Well, I’m telling you that. I moved from teaching writing whole group with writing conferences on the side to GUIDED WRITING. It was a game changer.
Let’s start from the beginning. All of your students come to you at various stages of writing. We wish they were all on level, but they are not. I noticed a trend each year with this and I became frustrated. If am being honest, I was frustrated with the teacher they had the year before. Was that right? No. My frustration was misplaced in the biggest way. Students learn at different rates in ALL subjects. It really begins in the earliest years at home or in daycare. We cannot control those circumstances. Therefore, we cannot rush a child to “catch up.”
I have had many ask how this looks in the classroom. I am here to lay it out for you and hopefully answer the questions you have!
Guided Writing Implementation:
•Divide your students into writing small groups (five groups is best.)
•Meet with one group each day for 30 minutes.
•The group you are meeting with will be doing the Guided Writing Lesson with you.
•The other students will be doing Writing Meet-Ups in their small groups but around the room (working together similar to centers.) NOTE: Writing Meet-Ups are included in the Guided Writing Set.
•After you have taught the type of writing during those three weeks, the students will move on to drafting, editing/revising and publishing. The wonderful part is, all of the work they did for three weeks will be the basis of their paper. The organizing and thought process will already be complete!
•Once you are on the rough draft stage—Writing Meet Up Activities will end because all students will be working through the writing process. Explain what all students will do during those weeks BEFORE going to small group. A rubric is provided for you to use after the publishing process is completed.
•During each small group session, I take detailed Anecdotal Records. I want to be able to refer back to them when needed such as parent conferences or for my own knowledge. (These are editable.)
If you want more from your writing instruction time…give this a try! It really is a game-changer!
Guided Writing 3rd Grade
Guided Writing 4th Grade
Types of Writing Included are Narrative (Personal Narrative for TEKS), Informative, and Persuasive.
TEKS and COMMON CORE Included
TEKS are the NEW adopted standards
2nd grade and 5th grade are coming in the summer of 2019
Please feel free to comment below or e-mail me at email@example.com if you have any additional questions! I am happy to chat!
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Hillary! I am a second year, third grade teacher. Yesterday, I had a moment during writing in which I said to myself \”This is not working.\” I spoke with the teacher I plan with and said I am going to try small groups in writing. I always check your blog and social media accounts because I am a HUGE fan of your products. I love when you create something new. As soon as I read your latest blog post, I thought to myself \”This is confirmation!\” I am supposed to be teaching writing in small groups! I can't wait to purchase and utilize this resource in my classroom! Also-thank you for creating this resource with the updated standards as I am in the Dallas area.