Chapter 7: Set up your Writing Area

There is nothing worse than having a great idea and not being able to find a pencil or paper to write it down.  Every home or classroom should have a well-stocked writing area that makes it easy for a writer to jump in when the inspiration hits. Have everything a writer needs all in one place!  This includes:


  • A copy of the “Writing Traffic Light”
  • Lots of paper of different colors and sizes, with some lined and some blank
  • Envelopes for writing letters
  • Pencils, colored pencils, pens, markers, and crayons of all different types and neatly organized
  • Construction paper of different colors and organized in a drawer or other holder
  • Scissors, glue, etc. for all those crafts that turn into writing projects
  • A writing table with room to organize ideas and papers
  • Writing Folder for each student or child (This is where they keep their writing projects or transplanted ideas)
  • Portfolio for each child (a 3-ring binder) with plastic sheet protectors for keeping all your finished writing
  • Writing journal for each child and YOU & a shelf to put it on



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