|Here are my kids completing their Write Me Three activity.|
This structure make sense to students, help create independent writers,
and cover so many standards…
but I love them most of all because they are easy prep and implementation for me!
I thought all of your guys would want to know all about these sheets as well.
My students were okay writers,
but they had a horrible time making connecting sentences on a set topic.
We can write all day long about how “I like mommy and daddy,”
but not so hot on actual topics, especially information text.
their opinion was the only thing they felt confident writing about.
How do I get my kids ready to write three sentences
about ANYTHING that are related and make since?
Graphic organizers of course.
But, I also had to give them a word wall to build their confidence.
Plus, I had to give my kids writing activities for Work on Writing for Daily 5.
Essentially, I had to teach them a structure for them to complete independently during D5.
I was nervous… I was scared… they were going to hate it and it was going to be very, very bad.
And I was WRONG!
AND THEY ROCKED IT! I was shocked.
They did it and got it. Then I gave them a different Write Me Three
on a different topic and they rocked it again.
Soon, my kids were able to do these activities ON THEIR OWN.
Once they fill in their sheet with three things,
we practice reading the graphic organizer as three separate sentences
and also as one connected sentence using commas and the word “and.”
After a few times, my kids can read me their writing as three sentences
AND as a connected sentence.
Then, we work on writing these sentences as three different FULL sentences and connected sentences.
I work at the pace and abilities of my class.
I work with them to expand their sentences all the time and
then we end up adding our own images to our writing about the Write Me Three sentences…
NOT writing on the graphic organizer sheets.
Meaning, by the end of the year I can place one or two of the graphic organizer sheets at the station to remind them how to write, but they don’t write on that sheet, just straight in their journals.
Here is what the parts look like.
Here is what one of the students wrote.
and write ONE sentence using a blank Write Me Three sheet as a reference only.
Ironically, they didn’t want to write about ONE thing,
since they just wrote about three things.
They also didn’t just copy their other work because we flipped our sheets over.
Many of them wrote about something totally different!
And YES my kids can read what they wrote thanks to the word wall.
but I promise to try to take more pictures to share with you.
Here are some photos of our work in January with snowmen.
We work on expanding sentences by adding describing words.
And here is another example from February when we cover Space.
We used the Write Me Three sheet to get our ideas down,
then we wrote the expanded sentences out in our journals and added illustrations.
everything I make because I personally use them that much.
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But, if you have more questions, please ask away below!
I am confident your students will love them… but not more than you will!