5 Writing Resources to Get You Ready for Back to School

5 Writing Resources to get you ready for Back to School

It’s that time again.

You know what I’m talking about.

Everywhere you go, you see school supplies on sale. Dollar bins overflowing with markers, scissors, and notebooks.

It can only mean one thing…

Back-to-school time!

Don’t dread heading back to school! We’re here to help you with your back-to-school writing needs!

Check out these 5 awesome back to school resources from TeachWriting.org:

Writing Workshop Elements: Getting Set Up for Back to School

By Elementary Writing Coach

Setting up a structured time for writing is one of the best gifts you can give yourself and your students. It sets the tone for the year. Having a regular writing workshop block emphasizes that writing is an important part of classroom learning. It provides a structured opportunity for teachers to set writing expectations from the get-go.  When students know from day-one that their school year is going to involve a specific time for writing, they are more likely to embrace the writing mindset. >>>READ MORE<<<

Back-to-School: Getting Started with Writing Warm-Up

By Elementary Writing Coach

When it comes to writing instruction, one of your main goals is to help your students become better writers. However, this is not always an easy task. Many of your students have negative feelings toward writing. They may struggle to come up with ideas, or freeze when they don’t know how to spell a word. Many kids look at a blank piece of paper and feel overwhelmed and intimidated.

There is something you can do to help students improve their feelings toward writing. It is very easy to do and it only takes 5-10 minutes a day: a writing warm-up>>>READ MORE<<<

3 Activities to Get to Know Your Students as Writers

By Think Grow Giggle

There is nothing more exciting than getting to know your new students during the first few days and weeks of school! When I think about back to school lesson planning, I am always eager to create lessons that allow me to get to know my students on both personal and academic levels. Knowing your students’ interests, hobbies and experiences are especially important for writing teachers. Students succeed when they write about what they know about and what interests them. It is equally important for writing teachers to get to know new students as writers. The following activities are a great way to get to know your new batch of students on both levels. >>>READ MORE<<<

Interactive Writing Notebooks: Creating a “Space-Saving” Reference Section

By Miss P’s Style

I needed to hold students accountable for taking their learning into their own hands. This is how the super-mini anchor charts came into existence in my life! I realized that if I gave them a full chart for every element of writing I taught to glue into their notebooks, they would have no room left to physically write. I needed to put a lot of writing mini=lesson information into a little amount of space: an interactive reference section. >>>READ MORE<<<

Setting Writing Routines at the Beginning of the Year

By: Two Little Birds

Having a set writing time that is consistent is so beneficial to your students and your own instruction.  Writing is hard! But when writing is an important part of your classroom, your students will know it and begin to love it to!  Start the year off right by setting up the routines that will guarantee their success as writers in your classroom.

Your first weeks of writing workshop will lay the groundwork for the rest of the year.  Your hard work modeling and setting routines will create a workshop that runs seamlessly. >>>READ MORE<<<


I hope you find these resources incredibly helpful for kicking off a new school year with writing.

Let us know...do you have any must-do writing routines for the beginning of the year?

Happy Writing!


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I’m Whitney Ebert, founder of ElementaryWritingCoach.com. As you may have guessed, teaching young authors to develop their craft and feel confident in their writing skills is kind of my thing. 

I have 10+ years teaching experience in elementary education, and I've taught every grade level from kindergarten to sixth grade (except first). My teaching passions include interest-based learning, creative technology, project based learning, and building confident writers. Additionally, I have my M.S. in Instructional Media, so I frequently incorporate digital flare into projects and writing assignments.

I live in a sunny beach town with my husband, preschooler and baby. When I'm not teaching, blogging, or designing new lesson plans, you can find me at the beach with the family.

Find out more about the Elementary Writing Coach at: ElementaryWritingCoach.com