Saturday, July 26, 2014

It's Time for a Giveaway!

It's almost time for me to go back to school. I can't believe I only have 1 more week! Summer has gone by much too quickly! I have been working on things for school while I have been home though. I was even able to get to my classroom a little bit this summer. I have taken some before pictures. Well, I remembered to take them after I had moved some furniture, but before I really decided where to put everything. I'll be posting after pictures when my room is completely done.



Everything that is on the wall was kept up from last year. It makes things much easier if I don't have to start completely from scratch every year. I now have all of the furniture placed, but I'm waiting until everything is 1st day of school ready so you can see the transformation.

On another note, our county is starting with a new reading and writing series this year - Making Meaning and  Being a Writer from the Developmental Studies Center. The books don't look very exciting, but we'll see how well the series works. Since the books aren't very pretty, I decided to make my own writing rubrics based on the ones in the book. 



These rubrics can be used for ANY writing program, not just our series. They are Common Core based, and would work well in any 2nd Grade classroom. 

If you want to see more, click on the images above and download the preview file. This packet includes  rubrics for narrative, fiction, informative, nonfiction, letters, poems, and opinion writing.

I have the rubrics in various styles and colors, including blackline masters. You are welcome to choose the format you like best. There are smaller copies of the blackline rubrics for student writing notebooks, folders, or whatever you choose. Each rubric (and color) has its own numbered rubric, which can be posted next to it. After each question on the rubric, students decide how they would rate their work on a scale of 1-3 (3 being the highest). This helps them to take more care in checking their writing. Of course, modeling the use of each rubric is necessary, but it will be worth it in the end!

To celebrate the launch of my latest product, I have decided to give away the rubrics to 2 lucky winners! Simply enter on the Rafflecopter below!


a Rafflecopter giveaway



 I am also offering this product at 50% off until July 28 if you'd like to purchase it instead.

Good luck to everyone who enters!




 

8 comments:

  1. Your new product looks great, Lori! The biggest tip I have for teaching writing is to make sure to allow time for students to share their work. It is such an easy step to leave out, but I have found that if I make the time for sharing, students are much more engaged in the process of writing!

    Kate
    EduKate and Inspire

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    1. Thanks for the tip, Kate! The children just love sharing their work!

      Lori

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  2. I use a clip chart system for when students are ready to meet with me for a writing conference. This alleviates students from interrupting me when I am meeting with other students.

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    1. That's a great idea, Beth! Thanks for sharing!

      Lori

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  3. I have the students keep a "writing log" where they mark what step they are on. I do a quick check at the end of class, and can see who is stuck on one stage for too long.

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  4. I'm so glad to have a friend that teaches 2nd grade. It will be much easier this year. Jeanette

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    1. Good luck in your 1st year of 2nd Grade, Jeanette! You'll love it! :) Feel free to ask questions if you need to!

      Lori

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