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Student Work, Month by Month

Written by Kim Oldenburgh
February 19, 2011

Throughout this resource, I will share two students’ work. One is Franc’s, a reluctant writer who was a new student in our classroom this fall. He is a very pleasant, shy boy who told me the first week of school he doesn’t like to write. For the first few weeks of school, he wrote one sentence and each day he would trace over the letters or get a new piece of paper and write the same thing. I was gentle with him and praised him for each new letter or picture he added and always ended my conferences with him by saying, “Wow, look at you…That’s just what writers do!” Franc also doesn’t like to share, but over the months, he’s became more comfortable sharing his writing. In December, he told me he likes to write and he is very proud when he tries something new that I’ve taught.

Franc’s September Timeline Writing: I can’t believe September is over already! The best thing about September in Room 14 was my favorite thing was the puffball because I could step on it. (The italics indicate my sentence starter)

My second writer is Ana. She enjoys writing and is a very proficient writer, but doesn’t enjoy sharing her writing. Initially her fear of sharing impacted what she’d write.

Ana’s September Timeline Writing: I can’t believe September is over already! The best thing about September in Room 14 was writing stories because I started publishing one of my stories.



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