Writer's Workshop: An Overview
In Writer's Workshop students will spend
time writing EVERY DAY! I personally start with a mini-lesson
that usually involves a trade book, writings by myself or other
students as a model and guide for writing behaviors. Then I
give the students a "task" to work on while they write independently
in their Writer's Notebook. When students are working in their
notebooks they choose the topic to write about. I encourage
students to included what we discussed during the mini-lesson (like
dialogue and quotations marks) but do not give a prompt to write to.
While students are writing I walk around the room and informally
talk or conference with each student. I record the information
from this conference on a clipboard and move to the next child.
I usually only conference for about 3-5 minutes with each child.
Then we have a short time for sharing. I do not allow students
to read all of the story aloud because there is simply not enough
time. Instead I ask them to share a word, sentence or short
paragraph they were proud of.
Here is an
excellent article about writers workshop in the classroom.
www.ttms.org (Teaching that Makes
Sense) has a wonderful explanation of how to run writers workshop in
the classroom. Click
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