Review: Writing Offices on Teachers Pay Teachers
The Writing Offices document is a free download available on
Teachers Pay Teachers. The packet is a mini booklet meant to support younger
and intermediate writers with their creative writing. It’s a resource – not an
instructional tool, a lesson plan, or guided activity.
Writing Office uses a manila folder to create a tri-fold “office"
onto which the content can be cut out and pasted. The content itself includes
tables to remind students of capitalization and punctuation rules, a guide to
sentence structure, synonyms for three commonly used words, and a way to create
pockets from which students can draw elements of a story prompt.
The packet itself is cute and easy to read, and it would
likely serve as a good tool to help young writers along in their writing. The
major benefit to having materials like this in the classroom or writing workshop
is the ability students gain to answer a few of their own questions. This in
turn frees the teacher up to take care of other issues in the classroom or
assist other students without interruption – or at least with fewer
Teachers with a keen eye for formatting and a little spare
time might opt to refer to this booklet and then generate their own versions to
eliminate some technical inconsistencies and a redundancy or two, but all in
all this is potentially a very handy booklet that would help writers become a
little more self-sufficient in the classroom.
You can download your own copy of Writing Offices here.
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Written by Bryan Cohen
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