Shared Writing: “The Big Cheese” (A Year-Long Approach for Teaching Writing)


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The Big Cheese is a year-long writing routine that teaches structure and organization, paragraph writing, grammar, spelling, and punctuation. It is guided but STUDENT-led. This daily routine also fosters a sense of classroom community as a new student from the class is highlighted each week.
⭐ UPDATEI have added a digital version to use on Google Slides. The link to the digital version is embedded on the Table of Contents page in your PDF download.
By Doing the Big Cheese, you are:
✎ Teaching grammar, punctuation, phonics skills, writing strategies, introductions, conclusions, paragraph organizing, main idea, and details
✎ Highlighting a student, making them feel special and allowing your class to learn about their peers on a deeper, more personal level.
writing + community building = amazingness
Included in This File:

➟ A template to use every week (plus a digital version)
➟ Student writing pages (primary and upper elementary lines)
➟ A digital student writing page so students can type their writing
➟ Daily lesson plans
➟ Step-by-step instructions
➟ Examples/keys
➟ Real student examples
➟ Student award
➟ Pages with alternative names: Star Student, Super Kid, Super Selfie|
➟ A template with editable headings so you can call the student whatever you’d like!


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© Markers and Minions. This product is my intellectual property. I own the resource, while you are purchasing a license to use it in your classroom with your students only. It may not be posted on a public website or shared Drive where others can download it. You may reference the resource with credit and a link given. You may not translate or resell this resource.

4 reviews for Shared Writing: “The Big Cheese” (A Year-Long Approach for Teaching Writing)

  1. danielle.tyler.15 (verified owner)

    I love this writing resource. It is so simple to use and the kids really look forward to doing it in class.

  2. Lisa Ramirez (verified owner)

    My students love working on the “Big Cheese”. They enjoy learning about their classmates and sharing their ideas. I love teaching writing with this resource. The grammar, conventions, sentence structure, and paragraph writing lessons are endless when using this resource. I highly recommend it!

  3. Amelia Rivera (verified owner)

    My 5th AND 6th grade students enjoyed this resource! And I loved having something ready to go to celebrate all of my students!

  4. Dayna Branson (verified owner)

    This is an incredible resource…not unexpected because everything from Markers and Minions is always top SHELF!😉 Thank you!

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Shared Writing: “The Big Cheese” (A Year-Long Approach for Teaching Writing)


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