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The Writer's Workshop
Transcript of The Writer's Workshop
What is the Writer's Notebook?
Elements of the Workshop
The Writer's Notebook
Why Writer's Workshop?
the mini lesson
What Goes in a writer's notebook?
Read touchstone or mentor texts
choose texts for
Language for a real purpose – to share ideas and information, to persuade and excite, to entertain and amuse.
Language growing naturally through
exposure, repetition, experience, and experimentation increases knowledge and skill.
Language is for communication
having a reasonable and responsible range of choices over their work increases self-control and self-motivation.
Ownership increases responsibility
Feedback they can work with gives them ways to reach a goal and improve and gives them motivation to try
Shows you value the experiences students bring
Active engagement in constructing knowledge –
Authentic projects create self-responsibility and motivation to succeed
students find personal meaning and value in the material
Satisfying the need for creativity
Relatedness – shared experiences and an open, positive atmosphere helps students feel like valued members of a learning community.
Encouraging students to share ideas enhances thinking and learning and provides inspiration.
Writing/grammar/usage and mechanics. The student will express ideas effectively in written modes for a variety of purposes and audiences.
Standard 1: Writing Process. The student will use the writing process to write coherently.
1. Use a variety of prewriting activities such as brainstorming, clustering, illustrating, webbing, and using graphic organizers.
4. Select a focus and an organizational structure based upon purpose, audience, and required format.
5. Write one or more drafts by categorizing ideas, organizing them into paragraphs, and blending paragraphs in to longer text.
6. Revise selected drafts by adding, elaborating, deleting, combining, and rearranging text.
7. Edit/proofread drafts, using standard editing marks, to ensure standard usage, mechanics, spelling, and varied sentence structure.
8. Publish and present writing to peers and adults.
Autonomy -Autonomy in the learning process increases motivation.
The mini lesson
Craft Lessons - Things that writer's use to make good writing: writing leads, zooming in, description, word choice
Genre study - learning about different types of writing
Skill lessons - things students need to learn : grammar, punctuation
Procedures - how students should do things in the workshop: coming to the front, turning in papers, using resources, during writing time
write with your students
look at model texts
everybody read one line
2-3 authors share
works in progress
Integration of skills
4 block -
break them up into pieces teach each 30 minutes?
Grammar in isolation doesn't work.
Writers work shop - guided reading, word work and grammar -
Not all kids in the same place - just in time learning