The Best Back to School Writing Activity


writing lesson for the first week of school


Back to school time can be stressful, but your very first writing lesson of the year does not have to be! This simple, yet meaningful activity is an engaging and informative way to kick off your back to school season and get to know your students as writers right from the first day of school.

I love using this writing lesson at the start of every school year because this lesson offers so many benefits! After many years of teaching and tweaking this activity, it I have found this lesson to be:

  • engaging
  • motivating
  • inspirational to students as writers
  • and creates a one of a kind back to school bulletin board

This lesson also helps you to get to know your students as writers, build rapport, and positive relationships with students all while getting to know their writing strengths and areas for improvement. All of which will help you during your very first writing conference of the year.

You will love it and all its benefits, too!

Want to give it a try? Read the steps for teaching this lesson and then grab the lesson printables for FREE at the bottom of this post.


Step 1: The Read-Aloud


The Best Back to School Writing Activity


Begin with a blank anchor chart with the header, What do good writers do? Then read the story Rocket Writes a Story by Tad Hills. Instruct students to be listening for strategies that good writers do during the read-aloud of the book. After reading the book, but before discussing it as a class, have students complete reader reflection questions. When they are done, discuss each question and writing strategy that they wrote about together as a class.


Step 2: Brainstorm


what do good writers do anchor chart


Following a reading of the book, have students work in pairs, small groups, or independently to brainstorm strategies and techniques that good writers use. Have students record their ideas on the recording sheet and be ready to share.


Step 3: Complete the Class Anchor Chart


The Best Back to School Writing Activity



Now your students are ready to share strategies that good writers use. Record student ideas on the class anchor chart. If your students need guidance, you can use the pre-written anchor chart ideas included in the free lesson set at the bottom of the post. Use the premade list to guide student discourse so that students can generate these ideas on their own. Display your completed anchor chart in the classroom.


Step 4: I am an Author!


The Best Back to School Writing Activity


Now comes the creativity! Have students illustrate themselves as authors! This is such an empowering activity for students to not only complete but to see hanging on their classroom bulletin board. Students should create colorful drawings of themselves writing. As they draw help them by asking them:

  • What tools do they need as authors? 
  • Where are they as they write? 
  • What are they writing about? 
  • Which writing genre are they writing? 
  • How do they feel as they write? 

These questions should be answered through their illustrations. Have students label their illustration, too! This activity is perfect for your first writing bulletin board of the year or leave these illustrations up all year long. I display them on your writing bulletin board during the first month of school, and then I take them down and add them to my students' writing notebooks.

Step 5: Get Writing


upper elementary first day of school writing lesson



Once the first lesson is officially done and your students' author illustrations are hanging up, get them writing. I love offering students a choice of three prompts to write to during the first week of school. I give them a choice of three personal narrative prompts because that is our first writing unit we study.

For the first writing prompt of the year, I do not give students any directions. They just pick a prompt and write. These first writing pieces serve as valuable formative assessments for me as we begin our first writing unit. They also serve as a great comparison tool for students at the end of the year when they reflect on the growth that they have made as writers. Keep these first writing pieces safe so students can compare their first and last writing pieces. It is the best last day of school writing activity!

And that is it! These five steps will help you kick off your school year in an engaging way to get your students excited about writing this school year!

You will love teaching this lesson during the first few days of the school during each back to school season. It will not only engage your students but it will motivate them, too. Through these activities, you will gain valuable information about each one of your new students as writers that will help to help guide instruction during your first unit of writing.

Need more specific writing tips and lesson ideas? Read these blog posts:


Love this writing lesson idea? Then you will love this back to school poetry writing activity!

LOVE these ideas? Pin to save for later!

upper elementary writing first week of school free










signature

17 comments

  1. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  2. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  3. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  4. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  5. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  6. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  7. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  8. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  9. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  10. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Took me time to read all the comments, but I really enjoyed the article. It proved to be Very helpful to me and I am sure to all the commenters here! It’s always nice when you can not only be informed, but also entertained! create words from letters

    ReplyDelete
  12. Well we really like to visit this site, many useful information we can get here. word generator

    ReplyDelete
  13. ABSTRACT - Educating the child has always been very important to parents. The Poro and Bondo Secret Societies were institutions where Sierra Leonean children used to undergo training among the Themnes, Kpa Mendes, Sherbros and Konos. These secret societies were very instrumental for the total development of the child. Both secret societies were social and educational institutions which helped to preserve societal norms and values; they served as institutions for higher learning. History reveals that there were no formal schools where children were educated. Parents sent their children to either craftsmen or have them in farms without learning any skills. The introduction of formal education started in the colony after the arrival of ex-slaves in the eighteenth century. This has brought about dramatic changes in the country's educational system. Class 6 Assignment 2021

    ReplyDelete
  14. Essay writing for many years has been the integral part of XAT exams. We all know that none of the other MBA entrance tests has a section asking candidates to write an essay. This is a totally different aspect... online courses for personal trainer

    ReplyDelete
  15. Buy VCC Online, PayPal VCC, PayPal VBA, USA Real Number, Amazon VCC, Facebook VCC, USA Bank, And other lots of digital products are for sell at chep price , Fully Verified PayPal Accounts, Aged PayPal Accounts, Virtual Credit Card for Paypal Verification, Amazon.com, Exploits, Trials, and Purchases. paypal vcc, vcc for paypal

    ReplyDelete
  16. The reason and theory of school library administration are quickly being perceived and acknowledged by school chairmen and educators.best coaching center

    ReplyDelete
  17. Most guardians need to live approach where they work thus this will regularly direct what schools are accessible to you.nursing assignment help

    ReplyDelete

Back to Top