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No More "I'm Done" : Writers Workshop

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No More "I'm Done" Writers Workshop: Jennifer Jacobson
Things To Think About.....
“Primary teachers inadvertently train their students to be dependent rather than independent writers”

“ We want to establish a community of learners where the teacher and learner are one”

“ Supporting independence in writing means a slow but steady release of control and allows our students to move through the writing process at their own pace”

Routines that Support Independence (Ch.3)
To develop good writers who have independence these are the routines that are important to writers workshop:

1. Students write everyday.
2. Students choose their own topics.
3. Students receive individual instruction during a conference
4. Students learn from mentor texts.
5. Students benefit from sharing with an audience.
6. Students learn to revise and edit.

Morning Message
Quiet 10
Authors Chair
Teacher Directed Writing Verse Writers Workshop (Ch.1)

Teacher Directed:
Normally referred to as spinning the plates. All the plates come tumbling down as soon as one student says, “I’m done!” Pg. 5

Writers Workshop:
In Writers Workshop there is no such thing as “I’m Done!” Students continuously move throughout the writing process because they have learned to be independent thinkers and writers. Pg. 7-9
Spaces That Support Independence (Ch.2)
Meeting Area: When teaching the mini lesson you want to bring the students close to you in the meeting area.

Spaces that Support Independence (Ch.2)
Conferencing Area: This is usually your small group table where students will sign up to share their work with you and where you will work on a skill in their writing.

Publishing Area: This area can possibly have a few different locations. This will be the area where the students can formally publish or type out their finished writing.

Spaces that Support Independence (Ch.2)
Writing Center: This center is very important to developing independence in your students. This area is where you will store all your writing materials. The students use this center freely during writers workshop to get things they will need for their writing. The students will keep their writing journals, crayons, a variety of paper, ABC charts, sight word lists, date stamps and any other things you would like to add. Pg. 15

Spaces that Support Independence
Routines that Support Independence: The Parts of Writers Workshop (Ch.3)
Mini-lesson: Connection,Teaching Point, Model, Active Involvement, Link (10min)
Quiet 10 (10-12min)
PeerSharing/Underwriting/Conferencing (10-15min)
Authors Chair (5min)

All five parts of Writers Workshop need to happen. This is a system that builds on itself.

Routines that Support Independence
Where Does This Go In My Day???
Quiet 10
Five Minutes of Words
Published Work
Kindergarten Writing-Second Semester
Writing In Research
Gives the students the opportunity to have a time designated just for their writing.

Students have the independence to practice phonics skills.

This is a great time for the students to work with other students and build the community of writers.
What Will Mini-Lessons for Pre-K Cover in the Beginning??
" Because young children believe that "writing" means wielding a crayon or pencil, they come to school believing they are writers. For them drawing and writing are part of the same communication"
After you have spent time establishing the procedures of writers workshop through mini-lessons (first three to four weeks because you will have to go back and practice ALOT) lesson topics can be:

~ What do writers write about ( Brainstorming ideas for topics. Writers write about the things that have happened to them or things they know about.)
~ My picture is a story ( Wordless picture books for mentor texts)
~ Do I draw pictures that look like things in my story ( from scribbles to actual picture)
~ Do I have all my picture for my story ( Adding detail for a better story)
~ Reading/Writing Connection: Visualizing what I see and checking in my picture.

7:45-8:15: Book Shopping and Reading
8:15-8:25: Morning Meeting
8:25-8:40: Shared Reading
8:40-9:25: Readers Workshop
9:25-9:35: Restroom
9:35-9:50: Word Work
9:50-10:30: Writers Workshop
10:30-10:50: Interactive Read Aloud
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