Independent Writing

“I get my ideas from living my life wide-eyed and awake. I sit on the edge of chairs. I pay attention to wherever I am.”
–Drew Lamm

Purpose of Writing Time: A structured session so you explore and experiment with ideas and genres as a writer that you are personally engaged with,  and to encourage you as a writer as you move further down the path of your own engagement with expressing your mind and heart with words.

Writing Time May Also Include:

  • Time for you to  listen to writing or portions of writing pieces by other students.
  • Time to have conversations amongst teacher and/or classmates, reflecting on your writing.
  • Respond in writing to writing by classmates.
  • To sometimes write collaboratively or in collaboration with other students.
  • Time to update your writing log with titles, dates, & pieces completed.
  • Conference with teacher about pieces you are writing. The teacher may:
    • review your writing with you to help you find new ways to discover topics, develop ideas more deeply or move them in a different direction, revise
    • help you find ways to find audiences for your work for

What You Do:

  1. Students must write for the entire allotted writing period unless we are responding to other writers as part of our class structure. (You cannot do homework or write for another class.)
  2. Have your iPad, or writing implements in your possession when writing time starts. Come prepared to class!
  3. You may not talk or disturb the others during writing time.
  4. Write about things of interest to you. Be on the lookout for things you are interested in and that you are writing about so you can add them to your writer’s notebook.
  5. Please don’t ask to leave the room at this time. It disturbs others.

What the Teacher Does:

  1. Organizes short helpful talks, or other resources related to the writing you are doing, and organizes periodic read-aloud segments that connect to your writing efforts and explorations.
  2. Organizes and reviews your records related to writing you are doing.
  3. Maintains an observation checklist for writing times.
  4. Helps suggest writing ideas to you or you and your partners if you are working collaboratively.
  5. Talks with you about your reflections on your writing and your writing goals.
  6. Organizes and helps sets up genre focus and writing activities.

Please complete this Writing Survey and put it in your Independent Writing folder.

Independent Writing Plan: see outline– My Plan For Independent Writing


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