During formal writing time,  I read authentic literature to model an author's purpose for writing and writing style.  In addition, I model good writing skills in order to show your children my thought process and the conventions of writing.  Below is a list of skills that we work on all year.

  • how to write to communicate ideas
  • how to label a picture
  • how to include details in picture
  • how to write a complete sentence
  • how to address an audience by participating in daily writing activities
  • how to use the steps of the writing process (brainstorm writing ideas, write first draft, read to a peer, revise first draft, edit first draft, write final draft)
  • how to write responses to text
  • how to write notes and letters


So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.
                                                                                          - Dr. Seuss