Anyway, I was reflecting/reminiscing on past writing celebrations. Last year, around this time, I had invited the kindergarten teachers to celebrate with us Writing for Readers. We were showing off our legible writing, stretched out spelling, and neat work. Each student left his/her writing piece on the desk while we walked around and read each other's pieces, like a gallery. When the xylophone played a melody, we rotated tables. Teachers were free to meander as they pleased. In the end we reflected on what makes a writing piece readable. So much fun!
I have so many other celebrations that I love:
*Visiting a kindergarten class and sharing our pieces in small groups.
*Sitting in two big concentric circles. The inside circle would move around while the outside circle stayed.
*Sitting in groups of four or five and sharing the pieces. It helps if there is one adult per group facilitating the discussion and reflection.
*Inviting parents! Give them a compliment sheet to fill out after the celebration to give to their child or to another student in the class. Students love compliments!
*Type an anthology of their work to send home at the end of the unit.
How do you celebrate the culmination of a writing unit? I would love to hear new ideas!
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