MY WRITING JOURNALDM21
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My Writing Journal is a 34 page booklet designed to help kindergarteners make critical transitions between the emergent and early stages of beginning literacy development. Whereas My Pictures and Stories Journal supports the emergent writer through telling stories, drawing pictures, and incorporating basic words and sounds, the focus of My Writing Journal is to develop the students’ proficiency in working “below the picture”. This shift from the picture to the words below signifies that the student is beginning to make the transition from the emergent stage to early stage. My Writing Journal is a helpful tool for kindergarten teachers to accomplish this important shift. As students display control over emergent skills, teachers can move them from The Yellow Book to the My Writing Journal. By using both journals during the kindergarten year, teachers will better understand when to “up the ante” for their students’instructionally and ensure that their writing instruction is developmentally appropriate and academically rigorous.