It’s no secret that I love writing workshop. It’s always been my favorite subject to teach (although I adore reading workshop too). There’s just something about watching my students turn into published authors that gives me goosebumps. I love to see where their imaginations take them as their stories unfold.
I start each year with innovations, which I’ve blogged about before. But this year I’m super excited because I just purchased a brand new book (released last week!) that is perfect for innovations.
The Day The Crayons Quit by Daywait is adorable! It’s about a little boy named Duncan who goes to school and finds a stack of letters in his desk. Each letter is from a different colored crayon. The illustrations are perfect because each page is in letter format and actually looks handwritten from the crayon itself. I won’t give away the ending, but it is too cute!
The book lends itself to several different writing innovations. Students could write from Duncan’s perspective and craft a letter in response to one of the crayons. Students could also create new letters from their favorite color, or even branch out to other school supplies too.
Of course I got to work to make cute writing paper. There’s just something about “fancy paper” that encourages students to do their very best. If you want to try these innovations with your class, you can grab my writing paper for free here.