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Teaching Writing K-5

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Angela Wiseman

on 23 August 2011

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Transcript of Teaching Writing K-5

Calkins Writers Workshop
K-5 What is Writers Workshop?
Framework for writing in the classroom
Opportunities for children to write for authentic audiences
Student selected topics
Strong connection to assessment (kid watching) to plan for instruction
Organized, structured, predictable classroom
Child centered, use teachable moments
Skills instruction embedded in student writing
Involves the following components: Minilessons
(5-10 minutes) Independent Writing
(20-30 minutes) Sharing
5-10 minutes Total Time = 30-50 minutes What are minilessons?
Explicit instruction
focus on a specific technique
usually at the start of the workshop
Four Types: Procedures and organization
How can we devise a system to get to the meeting area?
Where can we keep our tools? Strategies and Processes
How to edit your paper
How to stick to a topic
how to edit for spelling errors Skills
Combining short sentences
How to use capitalization at the beginning of a sentence
how to use commas Craft and Techniques
Writing poetry
how to create good lead sentences or paragraphs
how to choose good words for creating the best message
how to create catchy endings Kids need the chance to write daily
Student-driven topics
Teachers confer with individual students This is integral to the process
Students are given opportunities to share what they have been working on
Builds writing community in classroom
Students learn from each other
Students focus on oral language skills Conferences Happen during independent writing time
Students work with partners Procedures for
Writers Workshop Procedures make the classroom run smoothly
May include: pencil sharpening, where supplies are located, restroom rules Procedures for Dr. Wiseman's
Writers Workshop

Save everything
Date and label everything
Write on one side of the paper and skip lines on a draft
Write in ink - I want to see your drafts
Don't erase on draft pieces
Writing is thinking! Be considerate to your other writers.
When you confer with me or others, use a quiet voice.
When you are stuck you can: use resources in the room, confer with a buddy, look at a book, write in your writer's notebook Benefits of Writers Workshop Prioritizes writing instruction
Students work at their own pace
Students develop their interests and self-motivation
Students learn self-evaluation strategies
Students learn from each other
Classroom collaboration
Differentiated instruction
Lots of opportunities for success! Connect to prior writing lesson
convey goals/objectives for today
talk about how today's lesson is connected to prior lesson
Demonstrate for 3-4 minutes
kids practice with partners
Summarize before they leave circle
Post lesson learning on a chart Components of a Minilesson "The easiest way to help children love writing
is to invite them to write about subjects they care about.
-Lucy Calkins How to incorporate with the Daily 5
Most teachers teach it separately
students might still write narratives or write letters
Kids might have more choice during Daily 5
WWS - the forms/genres are more specific
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