Kindergarten Writing Workshop Throughout the Kindergarten Year
By the end of the year
Kindergarteners should be able to…
- draw illustrations
- form letters
- phonetically write
- write simple sight words correctly
- write simple sentences
- reread the books that they have written
How can you make this happen...
- write every day during Writing Workshop
- teach your beginning writers use invented spelling
- use mentor texts as writing examples
- celebrate their writing development as the year progresses
Drawing Writing Workshop Unit
The first step to a successful Kindergarten Writing Workshop is teaching your students to draw. All of the standards for writing in Kindergarten include drawing as a way for students to share their ideas on paper. Drawing is a critical stage in early writing development and provides the foundation for sharing thoughts and ideas on paper for beginning writers. Drawing supports students’ ability to retell their stories during later writing units.
Learn more about this drawing unit HERE.
After students become confident drawers it is time to connect words to their drawings. This is accomplished during our Kindergarten List Books Writing Workshop Unit. List books are books that have a title and every page lists something about that title. During this writing workshop unit it is important to introduce and promote invented spelling. At this stage of their writing development Kindergarteners begin to pay attention to letters and the sounds they make as they begin to write words.
Writing Sentences and Repeat Books
After Kindergarten writers become confident with writing words phonetically it is time to put words together to make sentences. Repeat books are books that have a title and every page has a repetitive sentence about that title. During our Repeat Book Writing Workshop Unit students learn about the components of a sentence, practice writing sentences and them use them to write their own books.
Nonfiction Kindergarten Writing Unit
After Kindergarten writers become confident with writing sentences they can use them write about informational texts. Kindergarteners will learn to recall information about a topic after reading or listening to books and write sentences about what they have learned during our Nonfiction Kindergarten Writing Workshop Unit.
Learn more about this nonfiction writing unit HERE.
How-To Kindergarten Writing Unit
Once beginning writers tackle nonfiction writing there is a smooth transition to how-to writing. We make lemonade to kick off our Kindergarten How-To Writing Workshop Unit.
See writing examples from this unit HERE.
Special Memories Writing Unit
Kindergarteners write about an event that has happened to them during our Special Memories Writing Workshop Unit. They come up with a title and write a few sentences sequencing an event they have experienced. There are lots of writing prompts ideas for writing personal narratives included in this unit.
Writing Opinions Writing Unit
Kindergarteners share their opinion or preference about a topic by writing a sentence and drawing a picture during this Kindergarten Writing Opinions Writing Workshop Unit.
Kindergarten Writing Workshop
All of these Kindergarten writing activities provide opportunities for beginning writers to have a shared experience in the writing process that is supported by mentor texts. The printable books included in each unit provide writing prompts for our littlest authors to successfully write every day during the Kindergarten year.