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How to Help Kids Write (Implementing a Writing Office)

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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.

Use a mini writing office to develop your students writing skills.

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)

Read how a mini writing office can help you develop your students writing skills

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.

Image of Simple, Compound and Complex Sentences Poster

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Simple, Compound and Complex Sentences Poster

Use this poster to show your students the attributes that make up simple, compound and complex sentences.

Teach Starter Publishing1 pageYears: 2 - 6
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Narrative Writing Prompt Spinners

5 writing wheels which provide stimulus ideas for imaginative writing.

Teach Starter Publishing5 pagesYears: F - 7

Writing checklists:

Check out our printable writing checklists that would work in a writing office:

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Writing Editing Checklist

Now your students can make sure that they check everything when they are editing their work... no mistake gets left behind!

Teach Starter Publishing1 pageYears: 3 - 7

More resource suggestions:

Image of PEEL Paragraph Structure - Poster and Worksheets

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PEEL Paragraph Structure - Poster and Worksheets

A PEEL paragraph technique poster, explanatory worksheet and graphic organiser.

Teach Starter Publishing1 pageYears: 3 - 6
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Editing Bookmarks

A clear and colourful editing checklist for students to refer to when proofreading their writing.

Teach Starter Publishing1 pageYears: 3 - 6

Image of Paragraphs in Informative Writing - Poster and Planning Template

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Paragraphs in Informative Writing - Poster and Planning Template

A poster and planning template to use when studying informative texts.

Teach Starter Publishing2 pagesYears: 3 - 6
Image of V.O.I.C.E.S. - Six Writing Traits Posters

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V.O.I.C.E.S. - Six Writing Traits Posters

An overview poster as well as 6 individual posters covering the VOICES Six Writing Traits.

Teach Starter Publishing7 pagesYears: 2 - 5
Image of 5 Star Writing Poster & Checklist

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5 Star Writing Poster & Checklist

A poster and checklist highlighting five important items to double check when writing.

Teach Starter Publishing2 pagesYears: 1 - 5

Image of COPS Writing and Editing Poster and Checklist

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COPS Writing and Editing Poster and Checklist

A C.O.P.S writing and editing poster with accompanying checklist.

Teach Starter Publishing2 pagesYears: 1 - 3
Image of Writing a... Writing Styles Poster Pack

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Writing a... Writing Styles Poster Pack

A set of 14 posters which describe different writing styles in clear steps.

Teach Starter Publishing14 pagesYears: 3 - 6

Set your students up for success by providing them with as much support and guidance as possible through a mini writing office.

Share your students’ mini writing offices on Instagram (@teachstarter).

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  • Zuriette Du Plessis
    ·

    What an amazing idea!!!Thank you very much- I am already re-organising my Learning Wall!

    • Dean Hughes
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      Thank you, Zuriette! I'm sure it will look great!

  • Stephanie Gray
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    Looks neat... but shame about the “blends”.... very out-dated. Adjacent consonants should be sounded separately.

    • Vicki Frewin
      ·

      Please can you cite your source for this opinion?

    • Holly (Teach Starter)
      ·

      Hi Stephanie, thanks for your comment. If you feel this resource could do with updating - feel free to make a resource change request. Otherwise, if creating a mini writing office is something that you think would help your students, you can add in whatever templates you think would help your students. That's the beauty of this concept - you can differentiate between students.

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