Our second grade groups have been practicing writing. I want them to be creative writers and ENJOY writing. This means we spend 4 minutes in class with no talking- no asking how to spell something- no "is this right?" just writing ANY words. They ask if they can write "I don't want to write" the entire time, and I say yes. They never do that and always end up saying "Wait! I need more time!"
In both 1st and 2nd grade groups we are practicing "How to's" to get our writing muscles moving even when they don't want to be flexed and practice those transition words like "then, next, finally" -- This is also what you see us practicing when we play story ball!
IL State Standard for writing 3:
Write narratives in which they recount two or 3. more appropriately sequenced events, include
some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and closure