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  • 1. Writing Workshop: What is it and how do I begin? Erin Winter St. John Lutheran School, Ellisville MO
  • 2. What does research say about writing?
    • Emergent writers
      • Writing is a social process and is learned through interacting with their peers and modeling from their teachers (Mayer, 2007)
      • Writing develops in non-linear ways and takes multiple forms before becoming conventional (NCTE)
      • Language is learned best when done for meaningful purposes (NCTE)
  • 3. What does the research say?
    • Intermediate and middle school writers
      • Quality instruction reflects what the students know and builds upon this (NCTE)
      • Writing is a social activity and should be embedded in social contexts (NCTE)
      • Grammar lessons are most successfully taught within the context of meaningful writing (NCTE)
      • Writers can learn from specific mentoring from teachers and authors (NCTE)
  • 4. So then…what is writer’s workshop?
    • In the workshop, children write about what is alive and vital and real for them – and other writers in the room listen and extend and guide, laugh and cry and marvel.
    • -- Lucy Calkins, The Art of Teaching Writing
    • It’s a framework in which to teach, model, and scaffold students in their writing.
  • 5. How does writing workshop work?
    • Basic framework
      • Mini-lesson
        • 10 minutes or less
      • Writing time/Conferring time
        • Choose an age appropriate length of time; build up to a longer time as the year progresses
      • Sharing time
        • Depends on how you structure it
      • Publishing work
  • 6. What does it look like in a classroom?
    • Let’s do it!
  • 7. Assessments
    • Rubrics
      • Look for appropriate content and level of rubric
    • Portfolios
      • Date pieces, have variety of writing, encourage students to choose what is in their portfolio
  • 8. Sample Rubric from an intermediate classroom
  • 9. What can I do now? Especially since starting a writing workshop seems overwhelming….
    • Use a mini-lesson
    • Write with your students, let them see what goes on in your head…shared writing
    • Use journals to capture things that are important to students
    • Institute a sharing time for writers
    • Other ideas? Quick write them down before you forget! 
  • 10.
    • Questions?
    • Email [email_address]
    • Website http://ewinter.wikispaces.com/
    • Here I have a list of online resources as well as the power point presentation.
  • 11. References
    • Calkin, L. The Art of Teaching Writing. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1994.
    • Mayer, K. “Emerging Knowledge about Emerging Writing.” Young Children Jan. 2007: 34-40.
    • “ Writing in the Early Grades, K-2.” NCTE 5 November 2008. http://www.ncte.org/prog/writing/research/113328.htm
    • “ Writing in the Intermediate Grades, 3-5.” NCTE 5 November 2008. http://www.ncte.org/prog/writing/research/115617.htm
    • “ Writing in the Middle Grades, 6-8.” NCTE 5 November 2008. http://www.ncte.org/prog/writing/research/113177.htm