(Ralph Fletcher might just be one of my favorites! I also have these three of his books: A Writer's Notebook: Unlocking the Writer Within You, How Writers Work: Finding a Process That Works for You, and How to Write Your Life Story. Love them!)
I've started transitioning in the past few weeks from predictable charts to mentor sentence (read more about mentor here: Mechanically Inclined: Building Grammar, Usage, and Style into Writer's Workshop
) by introducing a notebook to the students. We start with a predictable chart but then the students actually write it in their notebook. One day we might highlight sight words, another we will illustrate our writing, and at the end of the week they try and write a similar sentence all their own.
In the beginning the boys really, really, reaaaaaalllllyyyy didn't like me for this activity. But since the topic changes with their interests and the seasons/holidays they have gotten into it. They also love that they can be illustrators.
Something I learned from Mr. Fletcher is that boys and girls think differently... I know, shocking right? If you give your whole class a piece of paper and tell them to draw a picture. Girls draw things. Boys draw actions. They tend to write similarly.
I just had to share the awesome work samples from my boys today. So proud!
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