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Writing Workshop K-5

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Angela Wiseman

on 1 September 2015

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Writers Workshop

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:
(5-10 minutes)
Independent Writing
(20-30 minutes)
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 think of ideas for a story
How to use visual images to help description
How to work with a partner
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
Happen during independent writing time
Students can work with partners
Teacher can conference with students
Assessment/Instruction connection
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
Personal Reading & Writing Inventory
You will take a quiz about your reading and writing habits.
Reflection: Take some time to journal about your experiences as a writer.
What things did the quiz make you think of?
What surprised you about your answers?
What was going through your mind as you took the quiz?

If you answered mostly A’s and B’s…
You are comfortable with writing
You (maybe) enjoy writing!
You write with students sometimes

If you answered mostly A’s and B’s…
Ways to enhance writing habits:
Write every day 10 minutes
Photograph your writing space – share with students
Set some personal writing goals

If you answered mostly A’s and B’s…
Writing with your students:
Use your own strategies to teach students
Consider a writing group
Look at literary magazines
Try submitting your own work – share the process with students

If you answered mostly C’s…
You are in the middle
You don’t mind writing
May not feel confident/not rewarding
Thought of sharing might make you uncomfortable

If you answered mostly C’s…
Writing with your students:
Commit to keeping your own writers notebook
Bring objects that support you as a writer – things that spark ideas or comfort you
Practice writing strategies with your kids
Find a writing partner or mentor
Show your writing to students. Discuss your process
Take risks! Try new genres and strategies. Allow your writing to go nowhere sometimes.

If you answered mostly D’s and E’s…
Writing and sharing with your students makes you uncomfortable
You will have more empathy for other students who feel like you
Develop your own writing rituals outside of the classroom
Make a writing space for yourself at home – surround yourself with things that inspire your creativity

If you answered mostly D’s and E’s…
Writing with your students:
Do rehearsal-type writing
Free write
Do quick writes
Experiment – jot, sketch, abandon…
Do all of this without judgment
Read like a writer – look for things you can model in your own writing
Show students some of the everyday writing you do – letters, emails, lesson plans, etc.
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