Although I like to change up my writing projects from time to time, we always begin by writing pumpkin stories. They are an easy way to display the writing process in an introductory format. The first thing we had to do was read a variety of fiction and non-fiction books about pumpkins. As we were reading we filled out our pumpkin anchor chart.
After they have finished writing their rough draft, the students read it to me as I type their story. I don't have them write a final copy early in the year because they just aren't ready for it yet. (As the year goes on, I alternate between typing their final copies and having them write them when publishing.) I also like to have them read it to me because as they are reading it, we can talk about any thing that may not sound right as they read it. We then make our revisions right there on the computer. Once all students have their stories typed, they make a pumpkin that matches the description in their story and glue the final product all together. We then have a sharing session, giving the students another opportunity to read and share their writing with their peers.
That's all I have for you today, have another great week with your students! It's conference week for me, so it's sure to be a busy one!