Writing Buddies

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In writing, we continue to learn new strategies which are helping little friends build their writing stamina and become better writers.  We are now at the point in the year that if writing time is missed someone will say “Mrs. Zanchelli, we didn’t get to write today!?!?!”  This makes me happy and even more excited to continue down our writing journey with my friends.

Common Core Alignment:

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.1.3 Write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.1.5 With guidance and support from adults, focus on a topic, respond to questions and suggestions from peers, and add details to strengthen writing as needed.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.1 Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners aboutgrade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

One of our latest strategies in Lucy Calkins’ program was “writing buddies.” Students were each assigned a writing buddy.  This buddy is someone who students will sit next to during writing time.  This partner is to help each child with his/her writing.

After doing a mini-lesson on how partners should work together we came up with these four steps (guidance was given from the book.)

1. First Partner Tells the Story
The first partner touches and tells his story while the other partner listens.  

2. Next partner pictures it and asks questions
The second partner visualizes the story and asks questions to help the first child add more details.  

3. first partner tells the story again, saying more!
The first partner tells the story again, adding more details (based on the questions asked.)

4. Partners switch
Partners change roles and go through the steps again.  

Click the here or the picture below to grab this freebie to help students remember the steps of working with their reading buddies.

This is definitely a work in progress but some of my students are getting the hang of it and it is helping them tremendously.  The students who are struggling to ask questions I am pulling (with their partner) to work with them to get them to really use this poster and follow the correct steps when working with a writing buddy.  
This week we also finished our first “bend” in the Lucy Caulkins program which gave students the opportunity to share their work with their classmates.  We turned our classroom into a museum and walked around quietly reading and sharing the stories we have been working very hard on!  It was a big deal and students did a great job following the same rules of a museum…walking around quietly and observing!  

We are linking up with Holly today for her fabulous Tuesday Tried It because this is our first year with the Lucy Caulkins writing program as well as this is my first time having consistent writing buddies (this program suggests that students keep the same reading buddy for most if not all of the year!)  
Be sure to head over to Holly at  Fourth Grade Flipper to see what other teachers are trying this Tuesday!  
Happy Tuesday!

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7 thoughts on “Writing Buddies”

  1. Wow! I am planning on having my kids read their writing to a buddy tomorrow and was thinking about some criteria for what the "listening buddy" should do, so this is really perfect! Thanks!


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