After we set up our notebook categories the students and I being to brainstorm. Most of our brainstorming takes places in the lists section of our notebooks.
One of Those Days by Amy Krouse Rosenthal as a guide.
After each activity I have the students star the items that "have a story to tell." You can see from the pictures above the different stories that are planted in her notebook. To help build stamina I have the kids pick one each day and write about it. We start with writing for 5 min. Then we share with a friend.
At this point in the year my kiddos are writing for about 10-15 min each day (that does not count the brainstorming part of class.) I know it doesn't seem like a lot, but we are slowly building. I am hoping we will be up to 20 next week.
How do you start Writing Workshop in your classroom? How do you help your kids build stamina?