A look at how I planned WriteShop Book E and organized our writing station.
Decide if you want to plan everything at the beginning of the year, or before each 3 week lesson. I usually assemble most of the supplies at the beginning of the year.
Then at the beginning of each lesson I cut and assemble any necessary pages. I am always afraid I am going to lose pieces so I keep things together until I am ready to teach each lesson.
If you are crunched for time you could do all 3 steps in one night or do one step each night.
Since I used the printed student worksheets and timesaver pack, I was able to prepare for the whole school year in one night!
WriteShop Book E Step One:
Assemble Fold-N-Go Grammar
- Supplies: 10 File folders, copy of grammar pack, scissors, and stapler
- Print the grammar pack or separate the pages from the Student Activity Pack.
- Cut the pages of the grammar pack that are marked.
- Staple the pages together and staple to the file folders
- Laminate the bookmarks (optional)
Don’t worry detailed directions are given in the grammar pack. This is the biggest time commitment. I have been known to hire a teenage to make them. This year I really enjoyed buying the Student Pack already printed. I am hoping my son will enjoy the colored paper.
WriteShop Book E Step Two:
Assemble Student Worksheets
- Supplies: 10 folders and copy of student pages.
- Place each group of papers in their folders. Lesson 1 papers go in the first folder and so forth.
My son loved picking 10 themed folders. He would get excited when it was time to use his Superman or Minion folders. My son is prone to getting overwhelmed so having each lesson in its own folder helps with that.
You could continue to assemble the games for each lessons but I choose to do that at the beginning of each lesson. This step doesn’t take very long.
WriteShop Book E Step Three:
Assemble Writing and Editing Station
- Pinterest is loaded with ideas on organizing. I found a briefcase to be the best for my son. It works well for when we take lessons to the office. He loves getting the briefcase out for editing days.
- The top holds his highlighters, proofreading marks worksheet, stamps, and various editing supplies.
- The bottom holds the 10 Fold-N-Go grammar folders, 10 folders with student worksheets, book list, and Thesaurus and Rhyming dictionary.
Creating a writing and editing station will take as much time as you need to create it. Mine required about 20 minutes to place the items I had already gathered.
This is our second year using the brief case and I am looking forward to another year of using WriteShop.
The teacher book and answer key…I store in my teachbook bin…nothing fancy…just functional.
Woohoo one subject planned and ready for the new school year!