Hello! It's been awhile since I've posted but I always appreciate the help I get when I do. I am wondering if anyone has some tips for helping the students be motivated when it comes to writing. My students do well with being motivated for reading and math thankfully, but with writing I am constantly dealing with students avoiding their work and getting nothing done. It's almost embarrassing to admit how little most of them get done over the course of a 30 minute block...and how little they get done over the course of the week. I set reasonable due dates to try and motivate them to use their time wisely but it doesn't help...some end up wasting so much class time and then just do the whole assignment at home the night before it's due, and others just never do the assignment. I follow a Writer's Workshop format and try to give them fun projects that involve a lot of student choice, but I just can't seem to get them excited about writing and motivated to actually sit down and write! Any suggestions? Also, any suggestions on where to find some structure and mini-lessons would be appreciated because we don't have much of a writing curriculum so I do my own research for lessons and it is kind of a lot of work!