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Writing Workshop EET Printable December 22, 2012

Filed under: 1 Mrs. A's Daily Posts!,Writing Workshop — Bethany Arsenault @ 11:11 pm

EET Beads

Below is a copy of the writing paper we are using in class.  (click photo of paper below) Students use EET to help them add details and expressive language to their writing.

We originally used EET to help students orally explain what they know about a topic.  Mrs. Bergquist has expanded on this idea and helped us use EET to improve our writing skills.  Each bead means something different.  I am planning to post video of the students using the EET during Writing Workshop time.  I am hoping that this will help you work with your child at home.

If your child creates a story using EET at home, PLEASE have your child bring in their paper so we can celebrate their piece of writing at school!  Some stories may require more than 1 page (and more than one day) to complete.  I encourage students to use as many pages as they need to get the details for a complete story.  Students can color in the beads at the top of the writing paper to help them remember what beads they covered on each page of their story.  It is a nice check list for making sure we have all the necessary details in a story.

Practicing telling stories orally with words before we draw/write helps a lot.  Have your child “turn and talk” to you at home about what they want to write about the next day in class.   You can use the beads to ask questions about details they may have missed.  For example you could ask your child, “You said you went to the park.  What did you BLUE DO at the park?”

FYI: We write Monday Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday  9:30 – 10:00am.

Writing is supposed to be FUN and a great way to express creativity and ideas.  If you ever have a question about writing with your child at home, please feel free to send me an email 🙂


EET for “Writing Workshop”

  • Green GroupWHO is in your story?
  • Blue Do – What did you DO in your story?
  • “eye-ball bead” – What does it look like?  What did you SEE in your story?
  • Brown – What is it made of?  How did you FEEL
  • Pink Parts (we do not use this bead during writing, but it is called “pink parts”)
  • White Where – WHERE are you in the story?
  • Orange – WHAT ELSE do you know?  (add other details you may have missed)



EET Writing Paper – Thank you Mrs. Bergquist for creating this document!!!

(click image to open file in Google Docs)

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Below is an image of the EET Beads along with the description for each bead.  The children also have smaller individual “EET beads” that they can use during writing workshop.



Writing Writing Writing!! August 26, 2011

Filed under: 1 Mrs. A's Daily Posts!,Writing Workshop — Bethany Arsenault @ 6:11 pm

writing1Writing Workshop!

Every day we do Writing Workshop.  The children draw & write stories about their own lives.

Our first goal is to get the children to DRAW and then LABEL their pictures with words.  We practice labeling “me” in our pictures first.  After that the student will develop at their own rate.  Some may be ready to label pictures with the first letter of the word, while others may be working on the beginning and ending sound of the word. After the child is able to label 3 things in his/her pictures successfully, they can begin to write his/her story!


kidstalking2Story Telling!

Your child should work on telling you about his/her stories using spoken words.  We always turn and talk before we get ready to write our stories.  Practice telling and retelling stories at home.  Have them tell you 3 things.  Help them use these words: “First, next, then, last”.  It will help them write better stories with a beginning/middle/end!


drawDrawing Practice!

Before the kids write in Writing Workshop, they draw a “picture plan.”  Many children need practice drawing people and labeling objects in their picture.  Help your child practice these skills at home.  The people in the pictures should have arms, legs, and as many human features as possible.  Practicing these skills will help improve your child’s picture plans and will make it easier to write his/her stories.


Labeling! August 24, 2011

Filed under: Writing Workshop — Bethany Arsenault @ 8:38 am

We are working on labeling our picture plans during Writing Workshop.  Below are some links to some labeling games for your child to practice labeling.

Another way to help your child is to have them draw a picture and label it!  Our goal is at least 3 labels.  Help your child say the word out loud and write the sounds they hear.  We say: “tap it out” or “stretch it like bubble gum” to help them hear the sounds.


Label a horse, person, fish, and more!


Make, Label and do tricks with the Magician!


Writing Workshop November 1, 2008

Filed under: 1 Mrs. A's Daily Posts!,Writing Workshop — Bethany Arsenault @ 5:30 am

Here is a PDF with some ideas for your child for writing at home…

Some Writing_Activities for home


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