GETTING STARTED WITH A WORKSHOP MODEL
Whole Group Instruction (Mini Lesson)
Share/Structured Response Time
COMPONENTS OF WRITER’S WORKSHOP
Whole Group Instruction (Mini Lesson):
- Routines and Expectations
- How to Confer with the Teacher or Other Students
- Writing Process (stages and behaviors)
- Writing Skills (author’s craft in mentor texts)
- Revising for Content and Clarity
- Grammar Lessons for Editing
What does the teacher do during this time?
One thing to keep in mind with student work is that not every piece needs to be published with a pretty cover and ribbon. In fact, you might just keep a writing binder of the pieces and let the students choose if they want to polish one to this level. Others can be kept as a portfolio of work for progress monitoring.
When you begin sharing times, you may find a few students feeling a bit overwhelmed. For these, one suggestion is to start sharing time in a small group. Kids are used to being pulled for small groups already, so having a writing group for feedback might be just what the doctor ordered.
What about grades?
Why Writer’s Workshop?
- Increased Engagement and Motivation
- Improved Effort on Completed Work
- Fewer Worksheets and Lecture and More Practice
- Naturally Differentiated Work
- and Instruction that Matches Needs
- Finally, Intervention Time Well Utilized
- Writing Workshop: The Essential Guide by Ralph Fletcher and JoAnn Portalupi
- Writers Are Readers by Lester Laminack
- How’s It Going? by Karl Anderson
- Into Writing: The Primary Teachers Guide to Writing Instruction by Megan Sloan
- and The Unstoppable Writing Teacher by M. Colleen Cruz