Managing paper is an essential independent learning routine.  This simple writing folder can help.

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The first pocket holds topic lists and planning sheets.

The second pocket collects incomplete drafts.

The third pocket contains completed drafts.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAKING THIS WRITING FOLDER

MATERIALS:  One standard sheet of tagboard, poster board or Bristol board, as heavy as possible while still enabling it to fold.

DIRECTIONS:

1.  Fold the bottom third up to form a horizontal pocket along the bottom.

2.  Fold the entire page into three vertical sections.

3.  Label each pocket:  IDEAS FOR WRITING, WORKS IN PROGRESS, FINISHED DRAFTS.

4.  Invite each student to personalize his/her folder by decorating the cover.

5.  Laminate the entire folder and trim carefully to hold the edges together.  Use a long-arm stapler to staple the pockets.

See the Writing Folder’s role in THE PUBLISHING JOURNEY.

Get more information about BUILDING INDEPENDENCE WITH WRITING WORKSHOP ROUTINES.

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