Kids as authors

How do you all teach writing? I hope you model, model, model! Many of us have writing centers, where our students are expected to write independently. One of the writing centers that I have available to students is called Be an Author. To prepare them for this center, I teach a series of minilessons that include modeling/shared writing, interactive writing, and guided practice. With Be an Author, students add the words to a book with some illustrations. This center is perfect for kindergarten and first grade.

Here's a picture of a soon-to-be kindergartener's book.

Kids LOVE to make their own books. Come by my blog and check out my long thorough post about how I prepare my students for writing centers AND get your own free copy of one of my Be an Author books.

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