I love using literature to launch my writing lessons. Here are a few of my favorites for introducing Writer's Workshop.
After reading about what an author does, I love to show my class that kids are authors too! I have several books from Scholastic that are written and illustrated by kids. You can find a list of these books here. Then I pull out a surprise from my book bag... a book I wrote in 5th grade. That's right - I have the my-mom-was-so-proud-she-got-it-bound-into-a-hardback-book-version of my very own story! The kids get such a kick out of this!
We read, read, read, and we talk, talk, talk about the process an author goes through when writing a story (back to the hamburger). I use this anchor chart to list the steps of the writing process as we discuss them.
To review the steps my kids play Build-A-Burger. They can play with a partner or alone. Click the picture to download.
Here's whats on the menu for the rest of the week...super juicy words, Editing Ed, and how to hook your reader!