Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Writing Folders

I love to write with my kids but I always get nervous and question myself......... am I doing it right.?!  I think the most important thing in any new adventure, young or old, is praise! encouragement!! and more praise!!!  Writing is definitely an adventure for our kiddos (and us).  So I just want to say "You are doing a fantastic job!!" Just wanted to share the way I organize my writing folders.  I have always had helpful parents that have volunteered to put these together at the beginning of each year.
First, attach 2 three brad folders together.  This will allow the kids to have 4 pockets in their folder for the different processes of writing and their very own word wall in the middle.  Next, add your labels and word wall templates.  Again, you can have a parent volunteer do this for you or you can allow the kids to cut and paste. 

We make a big deal about our writing folders and the kids really feel like these are very special.  I usually get lots of moans and groans when it's time to put them our special writing tub (not their desk :)

I always allow the kids to write with a pen during the first 3 phases of the writing process.  During the final draft they get to pick their own publishing paper (thematic paper) and write with a pencil. One of my goals for this next school year is to have an Author's Brag Wall.  I would like to spotlight each 2nd grade student throughout the school year.  Hopefully, I'll have pics of that to share when school begins. 

I would love to hear how you organize your writing with your students?  

Stay cool and have a terrific Tuesday!!


  1. I had my writing folders in binders, but I like your idea a whole lot more & it will take up more space. I think I'm going to use this next year. Thanks for sharing!
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  2. Wonderful folders! Thank you for sharing.

    Little Treasures

  3. I have seen this before, but I like how you did it!
    ~April Walker
    The Idea Backpack

  4. Thanks girls!!

    @Lisa R.-I have slight obsession with binders. I think everything EXCEPT my kiddos writing folders are in binders. ;)

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  6. I'm follower 50!!

    Thanks for sharing the idea on putting the folders together. I was going to cut them in half and put it in a binder.

    Little Priorities

  7. I bought the poly folders because I thought they would last longer. However, they are not going together very well. Is there a trick?
    Thanks, Lori

  8. How do you attach the 2 folders together..glue, staple?