Start Planning for an End-of-the-Year Writing Celebration
It’s not too soon to begin planning for your final writing celebration of the school year. Writing celebrations offer positive energy for student writers, so it is worthwhile to end the year with one. This way students will carry self-confidence and good memories of writing with them throughout the summer and into the following school year.
Primary Writing Celebrations
Intermediate Writing Celebrations
- My Favorite…
- I Learned the Most by Writing…
- Most Meaningful…
- I Wish I Had More Time…
https://app.convertkit.com/landing_pages/48409.js Students can collect their final projects (or print fresh copies if they have their work on a device) to compile an anthology. The reflection will serve as the opening pages to the anthology.
This isn’t a project to rush. Plan to spend 5-7 days for students to complete a thoughtful reflection and a meaningful anthology. Depending on time and the students, you may invite them to add different parts to make their anthologies complete. Consider including:
- A fancy cover
- Table of Contents
- Back cover with an author bio
The Formal Celebration
During the formal celebration, I prefer to give students an opportunity to share what they have learned as writers throughout the year. Primary students share the BEST BOOK EVER. Older students share the title of the project they selected for one category, their rationale for selection, and the writing project.
- When will you start preparing for your end of the year writing celebration?
- What questions or thoughts do you have about an end of the year writing celebration?
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