Although Celena shared her toolkit and my initial reaction was to copy everything she shared, I know a toolkit will be more powerful for me if I am the one who creates it over time and takes and add to it when needed.
What I love about a toolkit is that when working with students, everything you need is in just one place. Celena’s toolkit was a binder that can easily be carried; I have also seen teachers make toolkits out of huge sketchbooks.
Celena had her toolkit broken down into categories with a pocket folder for each category:
• Gather Ideas, Plan and write
• Revise, Fancy Up and Publish
• Qualities Tools
• Strategy Reminders
Inside the pockets she shared:
• Mini-Anchor charts
• Post-its to leave with students to remind them of what they are working on
• Mini-word wall
• White off board
• Boo Boo tape
• Samples of writing by students
• An example of writing by an adult but written like a five-year-old
• Mentor text
• Checklist modified by cutting up parts
• Rubric from TC
• A blank checklist
When creating a toolkit, it is best to take small steps by asking, “What do my writers need?”
Currently, I am working on a section for where writers gather ideas:
If a child is stuck on what to write, they can take out their THINGS I KNOW AND CARE ABOUT SHEET. Click here for TOPICS I CAN WRITE ABOUT sheet.
Take a picture of your anchor charts or bulletin boards. The picture below is a bulletin board that we made about topic ideas. If someone is stuck, we can look at some of the class suggestions.
In closing, if you do plan to create your own toolkit (which I think you should) what would be important to have in your toolkit?
Coming soon...part two of Toolkits!
Joyful yours in creating toolkits to teach beginning writers,