As a blogger, I know the power of the audience. It's you readers out there that make me want to blog, and make me want to make quality blog posts! Don't our children need this same sense of audience to motivate their writing? I think so!
Here are some ideas for celebrating the children's writing:
1. Share in Class! Have one child read his/ her story to the class. Class is expected to listen and ask questions that "prove they were listening." This works well when the child is "mid-story" in order to get ideas on where to go from this point.
2. Small Group Shares! Have children work in groups of 2 or three to share their stories as above.
3. Share Your Best Sentence! I like this one because there's usually enough time for each child to share one sentence. If the children know it's coming, that helps motivate the children to work on the quality of their sentences.
4. Share With Someone Else in the Building! There are lots of adults in an elementary school who would be thrilled to "play along" with this one! It's a great motivator to promise a child that he can read his story to the custodian, or the secretary, or the cafeteria workers. It's a win-win!
Come on over to Elementary Matters to see more ways to celebrate the writing of your students!