Monday, July 16, 2012

Writing Folder Freebie

Hi, Friends!
How often during Writing Workshop have you been part of this scenario?

Student: I want to write about my cousin Michele, but I don't know how to write her name.

Teacher (after the usual "What do you hear first?", "What else can you hear?", etc): Here you go...  M-I-C-H-E-L-E.'

Student (looks at paper): No, that's not it.

Teacher (adds another 'l')

Student: No, that's not it, either.

Between multiple spellings and uniquely beautiful names, that scene sure did play out frequently in my classroom. So I made up the little form that I'm sharing with you today to help out the little writers... and their teachers, too!

Two sizes are included, so you have the option of a full page in a binder or a half page attached to the pocket of a portfolio folder.

I gave this to parents to complete at Back to School Night. Of course, you'll want to stress "clear printing" to the adults, so this will really become a useful tool. The kids were always thrilled to see the names of their own special people and pets, and the chart often became the source of new ideas for writing, too.

I hope you'll find it useful, too!

Click to download your copy!

 Happy Teaching!


  1. I just printed this off and will use it at Back to School Night. I agree, it is always hard to know spellings of names and which students have certain relatives. Love this freebie.
    Thanks so much!

  2. So glad that it will be useful to you, Jane!


  3. This is wonderful! Such a simple answer to this dilemma! Thank you for sharing. Sometimes it is the little things that make a teacher's life easier. ;)


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