I am SO frustrated with my class' (lack of) writing skills. My frustration comes from not knowing how to move them along as writers. I currently have work on writing time during Daily 5, which is more of a free writing time (making comics, cards, writing letters, stories, etc.). I also have a separate writer's workshop time for 45 minutes in the afternoon. I begin with a mini-lesson and then the children have time to write. We have been working on personal narratives for about 3 weeks. I am taking things very slowly and going back to basics. I am using mentor texts, graphic organizers for pre-writing, and going through every step of the writing process with tons of modeling, looking at each others work, sharing, etc. I am doing a very "mini" lesson every day, which focuses on one little skill, and giving them work time. Aside from holding their hand and making the pencil move, I feel like I am doing all I can to help them organize their thoughts and come up with ideas. After 3 weeks of writing, 2 children STILL do not have anything written down on their papers. There are an additional 5 children who have next to nothing, and what they do have doesn't even make sense. So, almost 1/3 of my class is writing at a kindergarten/beginning 1st grade level. I don't know how much more slowly I can take things. The lit specialist comes into my room to help confer and meet in small groups with students. I have asked her for advice and she just tells me that I am doing a great job. I feel like I am a failure when it comes to teaching writing. Any suggestions?