I also want to share some back-to-school printables for all you hardworking writing teachers out there! They've been uploaded to my TpT Store, but I have yet to post them to the blog!
I'm proud of this one: Revising vs. Editing. I've learned that acknowledging them as two different steps of the writing process really is important if you want your students' writing to grow. Revising is typically more challenging for young writers since it can be so vague at first, but it's so worth all the hard work! I will board that soapbox another day. Anyway, we have a couple chants that go along with this printable:
Teacher: "Revising is..."
Students: "...making it SOUND better!" *make a hearing gesture*
Teacher: "Editing is..."
Students: "Making it LOOK better!" *make hand binoculars*
Then, I'll throw examples at them. I'll ask, "If I read my first draft aloud to you, would you be able to hear that the word "august" needs to be capitalized?" etc. The possibilities are endless...
My other printable is a FREEBIE that will help ease the pain when your students hear the tragic news: "Said is DEAD!" We had so much fun with this motto/theme last year, and I can't wait to do it all over again with our new group!
I hope I've given you a little inspiration for a brand new school year! May your workroom be stocked and your coffee be caffeinated!