During my writing block I do independent writing or reading a story and then children making up an ending. When I was teaching K and 1 I would also do whole group writing with 2nd grade. I just can't figure out what to do when I do whole group writing with them. I want the children to be able to build upon their writing skills, but I am having the hardest time getting them on to the next level. I had this same class last year and they have come on a long way but for a lot of them when they write a story of what they did on the weekend they say a lot to the affect of: then I did this, then I did this and nothing has details. I know I have to teach this to them but maybe I just dont know how? Last year we did some writing workshop type of stuff, where they wrote a rough draft and then reviewed and so on... but the stories are so boring. then, then, then, or and, and, and. We do have reading buddies that we see every week. Are there some activities that the older ones can do with the little ones that might help? I just want to know how to get them to the next level and what are some of the activites you do during your writing time?