I then begin telling them that writing involves a lot practice. I ask if there are any who play a sport, or an instrument or has any other type of special talent. Almost everyone raises their hands! I ask "Do you practice playing basketball, baseball or football?" The answer is always the same. YES! Then I ask if they were as good now, as they were when they first started playing a sport or instrument. The answer is always NO!
Posting reminders of what good writing entails is something I've always done. A glance at a poster may remind a student that "Ooops, I forgot to revise something or edit my first draft"
This free download includes two posters that can be displayed at centers or anywhere around your room to remind your students what it takes to be a good writer.