5/6 Grade Teacher
Merton Intermediate School
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Digital Writer's Workshop
What is Writer's Workshop?
Writing Workshop creates an
environment where students
can acquire skills, along with
fluency, confidence, and desire
to see themselves as writers.
Writer's Workshop Overview
Writer's Workshop Check-in
What is your favorite thing about Writer's Workshop? Explain.
What would you change about Writer's Workshop? Explain.
Writer's Workshop Components
and Digital Possibilities
● Launching Units
● Mini Lessons/Author's Craft
● Revising and Sharing
An Introduction to Technology Integration Video
Best Practices: Why Technology Integration Page
How Do We Decide What is Best
Practice and When to Integrate?
Common Core Standards
● curriculum based
● based on student need
● consider the 4C's
● differentiated and
● integrated technology
● building relationships
● encouraging student
Best Practices For Technology Integration Page
Best Practices Worksheet
PLN's (Personal Learning Networks)
● Who is in your PLN?
● Who is in your students'
● Why are PLN's important
for a digital writer's
● What are the
Creating Your Personal Learning Networks:
PLN's for Every Learner
Mrs. Reuter's Class PLN
PLN's at Different
What is a PLN? 5th Grade & 1st Grade Buddies
Buddy Presentations 5th & 1st Grade
Organizing a Digital Writer's
● What would my classroom look like?
● What do I need to prepare ahead of time?
● What would I be doing?
● What would my students be doing?
● What would class work look like? What
does homework look like?
Risk takers encouraged
Freedom and choice
Students taking charge of own learning
Passions shared and encouraged
Hard workers building stamina
Clear directions, expectations and assessments
Teacher interaction, sharing and conferring
Tools for Digital Writer's
Library and Online Resources
Digital Writer's Workshop:
Quotes from Authors About Writing
and Mini Lessons
Conferring: Focusing on the
What is conferring?
" Young writer's want to be listened to. They also want honest, adult responses. They
need teachers who will guide them to the meanings they don't know yet by showing
them how to build on what they do know and can do. Student writer's need response
while the words are churning out, in the midst of the messy, tentative act of drafting
meaning. And they need to be able to anticipate and predict how their teacher will
~Nancy Atwell, 1998
"I've seen good teachers give up on the notion of conferring individually with their
students- and this is understandable, but not acceptable. In the teaching of writing,
there could be no compromise that costs so much."
~Lucy Calkins, 1994
What can it be?
"We enter into many conversations in part because we are interested in the subject, but
mainly because we care about the person with whom we are talking. I fear that with all the
pressure we feel today as teachers to raise test scores and to get our students to meet
standards, it's all too easy to forget we must communicate to them in conferences how much
we care about them."
~Carl Anderson, 2000
Face to Face
● Units of Study
● Mini Lessons
● Writer's Log
● Blog Comments
● Padlet Comments
● Mini Lesson
● Boom Writer
● Video Creations
● Units of Study
Blogging: At All Grade Levels
● Collaborative Comments (4K-1st Grade)
● Collaborative Blogs (2nd-3rd Grade)
● Host Individual Blogs posted in Kidblog, Moodle or
other blog hosting site (4th-12th Grade)
Anderson, Carl. How's it Going?: A Practical Guide to Conferring with Student
Writers. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2000.
Brookhart, Susan M. How to Create and Use Rubrics for Formative Assessment and
Grading. Alexandria: ASCD, 2013.
"Heinemann: Pathways to the Common Core." Heinemann: Pathways to the Common
Core. 11 Apr. 2013 <http://college.heinemann.com/shared/products/E04355.asp>.
Hicks, Troy. The Digital Writing Workshop. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2009.