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A powerpoint presentation introducing the Writer's Workshop format. This was presented to my school staff as part of professional development.

A powerpoint presentation introducing the Writer's Workshop format. This was presented to my school staff as part of professional development.

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  • 1. Writers Workshop An Introduction By Diane Moore Literacy Leader Hamilton Elementary School Westland, MI 48186
  • 2. Ponder this…
    • “ There is a great deal of data suggesting that improvements in writing will have a payoff across the curriculum.”
    • - Lucy Caulkins A Guide to the Writing Workshop Grades 3-5
  • 3. What is Writers Workshop?
    • Writers Workshop is a framework for writing instruction and practice in the classroom.
  • 4. Components of Writers Workshop
    • Writers Workshop follows a predictable pattern of:
      • Mini-lessons (5-10 minutes)
      • Independent Writing (20-30 minutes)
      • Conferencing (during independent writing)
      • Sharing (5-10 minutes)
    • TOTAL WRITING WORKSHOP TIME: 30-50 minutes
  • 5. What are Mini-lessons?
    • A Mini-lesson is explicit instruction in a specific writing technique taught in a short 5-10 minute period at the start of the workshop.
    • There are 4 types of writing mini-lessons:
      • Procedures and Organization - routines
      • Strategies and Processes
      • Skills
      • Craft and Techniques
  • 6. Independent Writing
    • Students write daily.
    • Students determine the topics they will write about.
    • Students use a writer’s notebook and/or folder for organizing writing.
    • Students are at different stages of writing.
    • Teacher’s role is facilitator…circulating the room, monitoring, encouraging, conferencing, and providing help as needed.
    • “ When you’re done, you’ve just begun.”
  • 7. Conferences
    • Conferencing occurs during the independent writing time of the workshop.
    • Students seek responses from their partners.
    • Teachers conference with individual students.
  • 8. Sharing
    • This is an integral part to the writer’s workshop.
    • Students are given opportunities to share their writing piece.
    • This time allows writers to learn from each other and to see/hear good examples of writing.
    • This time also allows for students to practice speaking orally.
  • 9. Writers Notebook
    • Constant composition - These may lead to larger pieces of writing … they may not.
    • A place to write
    • What moves you?
      • Heart Mapping
      • What really matters?
      • What in my life, in this world, do I never want to forget?
      • What haunts me?
    • Odd facts, questions, odds and ends, lists, insights, quotes
    • Stop and smell the roses
    • Conversations, language, words
  • 10. Procedures for Writers Workshop
    • Procedures make your classroom run smoothly.
    • Procedures may include when students can sharpen their pencils, where to find important papers, or what to do if they need to use the restroom.
    • The following are examples of what may be included in a classroom’s procedures.
  • 11. Procedures for Writers Workshop
    • Save Everything
    • Date and Label Everything
    • Write on one side of the paper and skip lines on a draft
    • Write in ink so I can see your edits…never erase on your draft pieces.
    • Understand that writing is thinking. Do nothing to distract me or other writers.
    • When you confer with me or others – use a 6 inch voice
    • When you are stuck, use the resources in the room and the techniques you have been shown to help you
  • 12. Necessary foundations for the writing workshop…
    • “ We need to teach every child to write. Almost every day, every K-5 child needs between fifty and sixty minutes for writing and writing instruction.”
    • – Lucy Caulkins A Guide to the Writing Workshop Grades 3-5 p.7
  • 13. Necessary foundations for the writing workshop…
    • “ Writers do not write with words and convention alone; writers write above all with meaning. Children will invest themselves more in their writing if they are allowed – indeed, if they are taught – to select their own topics and to write about subjects that are important to them.”
    • -Lucy Caulkins A Guide to the Writing Workshop Grades 3-5 p.9
  • 14. Necessary foundations for the writing workshop…
    • “ Children deserve to be explicitly taught the skills and strategies of effective writing, and the qualities of good writing.”
    • - Lucy Caulkins A Guide to the Writing Workshop Grades 3-5 p.10
  • 15. Necessary foundations for the writing workshop…
    • “ Writers read. Writers read texts of all sorts, and we read as insiders, aiming to learn specific strategies for writing well.”
    • - Lucy Caulkins A Guide to the Writing Workshop Grades 3-5 p.11
  • 16. Benefits of Writers Workshop
    • Prioritizes writing instruction.
    • There is no time wasted with students waiting for other students to finish.
    • Students develop independence and motivation to be writers.
    • Students learn to evaluate their own writing in order to improve it.
    • The more children write…and write about what really matters to them…the greater their chance of growing into able thinkers.
    • Sets a collaborative tone to the classroom.
    • Addresses the needs of differentiated instruction.
  • 17. In closing, a few notes…
    • Flexible model.
    • Provides the framework for your writing instruction.
    • Where does W-W stand on this approach?
      • MEAP scores
    • Kits district-wide
    • Inservice byW-W

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