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  • 1.  
  • 2. Superintendent’s Conference Day The Writer’s Workshop: Creating Accomplished Writers
  • 3. Please Respond:
    • Of all the things I could do to help my students as writers, learners, and people, what might be the most important?
    • From :
    • The Art of Teaching Writing by: Lucy Calkins (1994)
  • 4. Some Background Information 2008 Grade 6 ELA Results (295 students) Current 7 th Graders 21 (7%) 207 (70%) 54 (22%) 3 (1%) Level 4 Level 3 Level 2 Level 1 2008 Grade 5 ELA Results (284 students) Current 6 th Graders 15 (5.1%) 232 (82.6%) 35 (11.5%) 2 (.8%) Level 4 Level 3 Level 2 Level 1
  • 5. More Background Information 260 (66%) 316 (80%) 295 (77%) Total Number of tested students and percentage of those students who scored at a level 3 or above (2008 ELA) 130 (72%) 174 (86%) 139 (81%) Girls 130 (60%) 142 (75%) 156 (74%) Boys Grade 8 Grade 7 Grade 6
  • 6. Elements of a Writing Workshop
    • Writer’s Talk (optional)
    • Minilesson
    • Independent Writing/Conferring
    • Evaluation - Share Writing
  • 7. Writer’s Talk
    • Gives background information about an author
    • Focus on author’s thoughts/ideas about writing
    • Read a short excerpt from an author’s work
    • Give students a quote from the author
  • 8. Minilesson
    • Focus on one aspect of writing instruction (guidelines, writer’s craft, conventions)
    • Lessons are 7-12 minutes in duration
    • Objective should state what writers do and why they do it
    • Example : Writers _____ in order to _________.
  • 9. Independent Work Time
    • Students write independently based on the day’s minlesson
    • Students can work on a new piece of writing or revise a previously written piece
    • Teacher takes time to confer with student writers
  • 10. Evaluation/Share
    • Vital to the success of a writing workshop
    • Gives students the opportunity to share their writing with their peers
    • Allows students to hear other ideas
    • Allows the teacher to assess the level of lesson comprehension
  • 11.  
  • 12. Roles Within the Workshop
    • Teacher
    • Writer’s Talk
    • Facilitate minilesson
    • Share your own writing and ideas
    • Confer w/ students
    • Provide materials
    • Gather print resources
    • Student
    • Explore ideas
    • Participate in minilessons
    • Select Topics
    • Confer w/ teacher
    • Share writing
    • Give/Use feedback
  • 13.  
  • 14. What should they write?
    • Please refer to pg. 76 of your packet
    • Sample “Map of Writing”
    • With your team, list what genres you believe are essential and appropriate for sixth graders to work on
    • -consider what you have done in the past
    • -consider what the NYS ELA requires students to understand
  • 15. What should they write?
    • In cross-team groups, compare your genre lists and try to come up with a consensus “writing map” of genres for sixth grade.
  • 16. Where to go from Here
    • In your packets :
    • Page 68: Management Lesson Ideas
    • Page 70: Conventions Lesson Ideas
    • Page 72-73: Craft Lesson Ideas
  • 17. Reflection
    • Please respond to the following questions :
    • What is one thing discussed today that might affect change in your classroom?
    • What is one thing we talked about today that you still have questions about? Is there anything discussed today that you have concerns about? Why?
    • Thank you for your attention!!