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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
      • 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.
      • “ Writing in the Intermediate Grades, 3-5.” NCTE 5 November 2008.
      • “ Writing in the Middle Grades, 6-8.” NCTE 5 November 2008.