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The Writer's Workshop

GELI Vol. 6 Writer’s Workshop p.18-28
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Dexter Cyrus

on 9 March 2013

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Transcript of The Writer's Workshop

The Benefits provides in-depth writing experiences
enables students to develop a command of spelling, phraseology, paragraph construction, and other writing skills
helps students develop an awareness of audience while they are writing
develops students’ ability to conceptualize, tell stories, question, persuade, and synthesize their thoughts in text
improves writing fluency and confidence
fosters a genuine feel for the power and purpose of writing
produces independent writers The Importance Writing is an essential literacy tool
Effective writing instruction includes opportunities to
read
speak
write
The Writer’s Workshop
is a Language Arts
instructional strategy
organizational framework
consists of
a Mini-Lesson
Independent Writing Time
a Sharing Session The Structure 1. Mini-lesson (10–20 minutes)
Explicit instruction on a specific writing strategy
e.g. sample writing, read-alouds, mentor texts
2. Status of the Class (2–3 minutes)
Quickly determine writing statuses and needs
Use a tally sheet for progress and conferences
3. Independent Work Time/Conferring (25–40 minutes)
Engagement in all stages of the writing process
Participation in peer and teacher conferences
Sustained writing time of at least 30 minutes
4. Sharing Sessions (5–15 minutes)
Learner read-alouds, ideas, celebration, feedback, ... The Mini-Lesson Explicitly teach or demonstrate a selected topic to the entire class
e.g. Explain and/or model
classroom routine
expectation
e.g. Explicitly teach and model
the craft of writing
e.g. Explicitly teach conventions of writing
Skills
Strategies Independent Writing Time Sustained, silent writing time (minimum 30 minutes)
Learners plan, draft, revise, or edit their writing
Topics and genres of personal interest, exploration or understanding
Writer’s notebooks as inspiration and database
They write for real audiences
e.g. in school, as news, or online
They build a literary portfolio of best works
Writing conferences also quietly taking place The Writer's Workshop The Craft of Writing Feedback Conduct Teacher-Learner Conferences
Model what the learner needs to work on next
Ask learners to summarize, review, or reflect on the main points of the lessons, using classroom-developed tools
Give written or oral feedback on successes in writing
Reflect with the learners on how they met the specific criteria for the writing pieces
Encourage Peer Conferencing Teacher Read-Alouds Critical component of the writing program
Important role in writer’s workshop
Exposure to famous and well-crafted literature and informational texts
Benefits
introduces selected mentor texts
provides models for different genres
develops comprehension, knowledge, fluency, thinking, and vocabulary
demonstrates good writing technique
enables learning from other writers Teacher-Learner Conferences Increases skill and strategies used in later tasks
Determine learner's greatest need
Decide on a teaching point
e.g. content, design, process, assessment, editing
Decide on a conference style
Each, specific or similar learner(s)
Roving, scheduled, sign-ups during Independent Writing
Focus on process and next steps
Ask questions that allow talk about the work
Provide sufficient time for responses and notes
Address the message and strengths, not the errors
Suggest revisions, edits, improvements, and mentor texts
Instruct explicitly, if necessary Peer Conferencing Modelled and guided respectful, constructive peer feedback can provide an excellent source of writing support
Stress the importance of speaking quietly
Model ways of:
Asking supportive questions
Commenting on strengths
Suggesting improvements
Sharing helpful strategies
Not taking away the author's ownership
Options
Routine or scheduled
Partners or groups
Must experience a variety of peers throughout the year
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