Monday, December 19, 2011

Writing Workshop

Writing is my absolute favorite subject to teach. Mostly because when I first started teaching Writing scared the ba-jezus out of me! I had no clue what I was doing and was basically just doing prompt writing (don't judge, those kids are successfully in middle school now...almost high school now that I think about it...). Thankfully the next year my grade level team decided to start using Lucy Calkin's Writing Workshop texts, my third year we expanded to all classes K-2 using it, and then my 4th year we were using it school-wide K-5, and we haven't looked back since. I know there are some critics out there that worry about the lack of the mechanics piece in Lucy Calkins, and that is something every school/grade level/teacher has to work out on their own, but my 8 year-olds are writing AMAZING stories that are expressive and entertaining and interesting and they TOTALLY get what writing is all about, and I wouldn't trade that for all the grammar lessons in the world. So there.

Anyway, I just wanted to share a story one of my students wrote recently. *WARNING* Reading this story may make you wet your pants so go get the Depends....

The "blurb" on the back of his book:


  1. Bahahaa!! OMG, HILARIOUS!! Love it. I'm your newest follower! Found your blog through Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits. =]

  2. Just found your blog and now following! I also teach 2nd grade! Enjoy your break!!


    BTW- that story was HILarious!!

  3. OMGosh! How funny! I am sure that kiddo keeps you on your toes! I just found your blog and am your newest follower! I would love for you to come check out my *freebies* and follow me!

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