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  • 1. The Basics WOLF LAKE ELEMENTARY REBECA GRYSKO PRESENTER
  • 2. What is Writing Workshop?  Method of teaching writing using a workshop method  Students are given opportunities to write independently and helps foster a love of writing  Allows teachers to meet students’ needs by differentiating instruction based on information gathered throughout the workshop
  • 3. Why Implement Writing Workshop?  Recently, a needs assessment survey was administered to classroom teachers and specialists at Wolf Lake Elementary School.  The purpose of the survey was to examine teachers’ perspective of the reading/language arts instructional program.  Only 44% of participants feel that their students have adequate opportunities to write independently.  Goal : Teachers will effectively implement Writing Workshop to provide students with increased opportunities to write independently.
  • 4. Components of Writing Workshop Time Component 5 minutes Read Aloud 10-15 minutes Mini-Lesson 30-60 minutes Independent Writing and Conferring Guided Writing 5-10 minutes Sharing
  • 5. Read Alouds  When teachers use Writing Workshop, they generally focus on a specific genre (personal narratives, informational writing, procedural writing, etc.).  Read alouds allows teachers to use authors as models for specific writing styles and genres.  Teachers are not required to read the entire text. Instead, choose important excerpts to read aloud.
  • 6. Mini-Lesson  Mini-lessons teach concepts, strategies, and techniques for writing.  Provides direct instruction and modeling  Possible mini lessons include:     Punctuation Details Personification Dialogue Here is a mini-lesson planning sheet from BTC to help you plan!
  • 7. Independent Writing  The most time is devoted to independent writing.  Teachers should help students build stamina by beginning with a short amount of independent writing time and building up to 30 minutes or more.  Keep track of students’ progress with a chart like the one shown here.  Students can also be involved in other activities during their independent writing time:  Writing in their schema notebook  Journal writing  Conducting peer-conferences  Reading to support writing
  • 8. The Writing Process •During independent writing time, students work through the five stages of the writing process. •Students may not all be working at the same stage as once.
  • 9. Conferring  During independent writing time, the teacher meets with either individual students or small groups to provide suggestions and feedback.  The teacher should keep anecdotal records which include:    Date of conference Observations Discussion dialogue Watch an example of a writing conference between a student and teacher.
  • 10. Guided Writing  During independent writing time, students can meet in a small group with the teacher to work on guided writing.  Similar to guided reading, the teacher forms groups based on students’ needs.  Guided writing is especially helpful when a group of students are struggling with the same concept. Watch an example of a guided writing session.
  • 11. Sharing  Many teachers dismiss this component due to lack of time, but allowing students to share their writing is CRITICAL!  The sharing component allows students to share what they did during independent writing time with either the entire class or with a peer.  Sharing enables students to learn from one another.
  • 12. Helpful Tips  Have writing folders with students’ names on them to store      writing resources, rough drafts, and final copies. Make sure there is a World Wall available for student use. Provide each student with a composition notebook to use as a writer’s notebook. Decide how you will organize your informal student data, such as anecdotal records. Establish a “writing area” for children to write independently. Inform parents of the writing program through newsletters, parent night, etc.
  • 13. Questions?  Helpful Resources  http://busyteacherscafe.com/literacy/writing_workshop.html  http://www.tips-for-teachers.com/writersworkshop.htm  http://www.davidson.k12.nc.us/education/components/scrap book/default.php?sectiondetailid=28162