In my previous post, I talked about the importance of beginning writing instruction on the first day of school (Introducing Students to Writer's Workshop on the First Day of School). I'd like to continue that discussion with today's post...
How to Set Up Your Paper Procedure
Before we begin drafting, I show my students how I want them to set up their papers. I ask them to write their first and last name in the upper right corner of a blank sheet of paper. We write the date underneath this, then we write the class period/section. Each page needs a topic at the top. For drafts, I ask them to skip lines, write on the front side only, and write a page number at the bottom left/right corner. I only accept work that is written in dark ink as well.
Following this procedure keeps us organized and skipping lines gives us room to make changes and corrections later during Revsing and Editing. I don't allow my students to write on the back because sometimes pens bleed through the page. I don't accept work in pencil because it smears, gets all over the desks, and gets all over us. Pens do leak on occasion, but those instances are rare. And let's face it, ink simply looks better.