Writer's Workshop An Introduction

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Writer's Workshop An Introduction

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

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