I have to admit I am not the best writer, so teaching children to write is a bit of a challenge for me. I have read MANY books on the subject and purchased many TPT packs to guide me. However I like the children to write about what they are excited about. I provide mini lessons to my students to help aide them as they write.
I get the ideas for my mini lessons as I observe them write when I walk around the room. However I don't have an exact structure of what I am doing. That is my goal with my writing folder this year to provide more structure to writing.
One of the things I noticed this past year about my young writers was that they tend to write pattern sentences. So during Shared Reading for about a week I tried to find stories that had some good transitions for us to notice.
I found this poster on Pinterest and we made our own chart with the words we found...
However during conferences with the students I was struggling with them using the traffic light as our visual symbol. I wanted them to visualize it more in terms of the story elements of beginning, middle and end. So I transformed this idea into book terms and came up with this chart for their folders.
I am calling it storybook transitions because that is what the students are writing....stories. I combined a lot of the transitions from the chart with what my students noticed in the books. I think this will be a great resource for them in their folders.