Final Drafts ~ Student Style

Do you students enjoy the writing process!?  Do they like brainstorming, coming up with a great topic sentence, then going back and editing their papers?  Or are they like my students, and they would just rather do it once and turn it in?!

To help eliminate the RUSH to get things done, I decided to let my students have a say in their final draft paper.  By doing this, it showed my students that I was taking time to actually sit down and read their drafts with them.  I was also showing my students that I cared about what they were writing, and that I was invested.

ENTER - Student styled final draft pages!

Giving students a choice during final draft time

As my students are working on their rough drafts I come up with what I want the basic outline of the final draft paper to look like.  Then I will call my students one by one to come tell me which accent clip art they would like to add.  I know that this isn't something that everyone can do, but what can I say, I love all things Krista Wallden!


I also enjoyed giving students prompts that they were able to add art to, or add a little extra piece to make them pop on the walls!  This amazing elf set is from the WONDERFUL Kayla Delzer over at Top Dog Teaching!!  It's one of my favorites to do every year!


This time the students all had the same final draft paper, it was on different colored paper, but they were able to make each of their bunnies unique!!  This once again added that personal touch to their writing, to make it stand out.

I hope that you are able to find some fun ways to incorporate fun final draft pages into your writing to get your kids excited about having their final work on the walls!  You can grab a freebie here with some fun writing pages for Fall!!

4 comments :

  1. This is such a smart idea, making the final draft product a special culmination to the whole process! And how CUTE your displays look! (P.S. Fun freebie! Thanks for sharing!) xo Pam

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    1. Thank you! I love displaying student writing and giving them a chance to share their writing as well!

      -Cassandra

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  2. We just had a conversation about final drafts in a meeting this week, I'll be sharing this with some fellow teachers. Great post!

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    1. Thank you! I hope that they are proud to show off their students' final drafts as well!!

      -Cassandra

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