Now my students don't have to ask me these format questions. Instead I could use my time engaged in conversations with students about the quality of their writing. Now I have very few conversations about what a book review should include, and many more about each student's growth as thinkers, learners, and writers.
To make the Writing Resource File I simply looked at the Writing Bingo board for the quarter and noted any genres that might be confusing or new for students. For first quarter these genres were rules for a game, websites, directions to somewhere, invitations, skits, interviews, newspaper articles, cartoon strips, and book reviews. You can view and download my Writing Bingo boards below :)
Then I scoured the Internet and my own print resources to find at least 3 examples of each genre. I made file folders for each genre and put them all in a tub.
Now when my students aren't sure how to format their writing, they simply grab a folder from the Writing Resource File. This system enables student independence and frees me up to teach.
~ LOVE IT!! ~