It is important that writers are given the opportunity to share their writing with others. That is the reason that a writer write!
Publishing a piece just means that the author is given the chance to share their work. This can be done many ways. It doesn’t (and shouldn’t) always mean copying the story over again. Change it up to keep it fun and interesting!
Ways to Share Student Writing
- Give students daily opportunities to share parts of their writing with a partner and occasionally with the class. When I was having students share their entire story with the class it took forever and students were not engaged. So I started just having them share a small part. After we revised our leads, I could have a handful of kids share their lead. It was fast and effective.
- Have students share their writing during small group writing conferences. I divided my class into five groups and I met with one group each day during writing workshop. Students share their work and we helped them to make improvements and set goals.
- Give students some fun paper to write their final draft on. You can display the final drafts on a bulletin board or put them in a binder. The binder can be kept in the classroom library and students can read the stories during their independent reading time!
- Allow students to use technology to type their work.
- Allow students to record themselves reading their story.
- Host an author celebration at the end of a big writing unit!