Are you feeling like your students aren’t getting the most out of their writing sessions in the classroom? Looking for fun ways to help kids write in the classroom environment? A mini writing office may just be the answer!
A mini writing office is an interactive folder full of helpful writing resources you would normally display on a classroom display.
Develop Kids Writing Skills With a Mini Writing Office
Sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, grammar, text structure, remember to use adjectives, don’t forget paragraphs… there is always so much a student must try to remember and implement in their writing. It’s no wonder so many kids struggle with writer’s block. If we put ourselves in our student’s shoes for a second and imagine being faced with a blank piece of paper and a list of things to remember, it’s no wonder many students feel overwhelmed!
The ability to sit down one-on-one with each student and have a writing conference would be the holy grail of teaching, right? The reality of being able to do this in a classroom full of thirty-something students every single writing session is very slim. As teachers, we also need to think about setting our students up for success when it comes to writing. Hence, helping them to feel more independent and confident in their own writing abilities.
Introducing an individualised student writing office, set up for differentiation success!
How to Create a Mini Writing Office
There’s not much to it at all. Purchase a packet of bright, vibrant manilla folders and find a little time to download, print and stick the mini writing office together (time being the operative word)! I don’t have time to do this for each and every student – I hear you say! Yes, it is a little time-consuming to set up – but the benefits are undeniable. You are in the driver’s seat and can decide what is going to work best for you and your students.
Here are some alternatives to setting up a folder for each and every student:
- Set up text-type specific folders to be shared between your students.
- Set up a mini writing office for your lower ability and higher ability students.
- Use the writing office at a writing station during literacy groups (only 6-8 offices required)
What Resources to Use for a Mini Writing Office
The beauty of creating a mini writing office is that you can pick and choose what resources you feel your students would benefit from having right in front of them while they are writing.
In our example of a writing office, we have included a variety of different resources that would help a student currently focusing on a narrative text.
Use this poster to show your students the attributes that make up simple, compound and complex sentences.
5 writing wheels which provide stimulus ideas for imaginative writing.
Check out our printable writing checklists that would work in a writing office:
Now your students can make sure that they check everything when they are editing their work... no mistake gets left behind!
More resource suggestions:
A PEEL paragraph technique poster, explanatory worksheet and graphic organiser.
A clear and colourful editing checklist for students to refer to when proofreading their writing.
A poster and planning template to use when studying informative texts.
An overview poster as well as 6 individual posters covering the VOICES Six Writing Traits.
A poster and checklist highlighting five important items to double check when writing.
A C.O.P.S writing and editing poster with accompanying checklist.
A set of 14 posters which describe different writing styles in clear steps.
Set your students up for success by providing them with as much support and guidance as possible through a mini writing office.