Saturday, July 20, 2013

Writer's Draft/Craft Toolbox Unit

Hello Everyone!
I love helping my little firsties grow their writing. After reading Carol Avery's book, ...And With a Light Touch, this summer, I was motivated to improve my "Writer's Toolbox." I am so excited to share this with my kiddos in a few weeks. The unit includes some pages to print off, punch holes, and store in a folder with fasteners. I've included some samples of draft book paper for the different stages, some alphabet pages, some pages for kids to brainstorm and save all their ideas and words, and some target skill pages.   I have also included some writing mini lesson ideas based on both Lucy Calkins and Carol Avery, and the roving writer's conference short sheets.
Here are pics of a few of the 32 page unit.

Student Draft/Craft  Toolbox Cover

Sample Target Skills Page

Sample Draft Page

Things to write about
Map of the heart page

Mini Reminder Poster

If you want a printable, you can get it here! Click Away!! :)

I love having time to work on school stuff over the summer.  You should see my living room. Piles and piles of books, papers, and ideas!!  I love it!!  I'll be back soon with some science notebook ideas!!
Trying hard to get it all together!!
Till next time, thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!!


  1. Thanks again, Nancy! You are the absolute best!!

  2. I love this and can't wait to use this in my classroom!

  3. Thank you for sharing this for FREE! I am ready to begin planning my first weeks of writing and it is all thanks to YOU!

  4. I can't thank you enough! Because of your blog post about this book, I ordered it and read it. It was phenomenal. It validated so much of what I do and gave me some more to work on. Then I see your fabulous work! You are amazing. I really appreciate all of your efforts.

  5. I love everything you do! You are amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  6. I just want to thank you for all you hard work and the things you share. Your units are fantastic and so usable. I look forward to you posts.

  7. Thanks for great writing resources. Always an area I'm looking to improve. Thanks

  8. How very generous!!! Thank you for sharing this terrific resource!!!

  9. LOVE this!! Thanks for sharing your hard work. Have you thought about making certain parts of it editable so it can be adjusted to fit the grade level? I teach second and would love to use this.

  10. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome resources! You really are the best!!!

  11. This was exactly what I was looking for. Thank you for so generously sharing your talents!

  12. Yowza! Thank you so much for all of these helpful anchor charts/resources. What a wonderful, creative, generous person you must be. Much appreciated!

  13. Thanks so much for making this free! So many people will benefit from your great ideas :)

  14. Thank you so much for this! My pgp for the year is writing, so this toolbox is going to be very useful! I also had never heard of the book you referenced, so I am going to find it as well! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

  15. You are such an amazing resource. I don't know where you find the time to plan such cute, in depth or amazing units but you definitely inspire me. Thank you for sharing your products and ideas for free. ♡☆☆☆☆


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