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Writer's workshop presentation

  1. 1. Writer's Workshop Merton Intermediate School
  2. 2. 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. Students are put in charge and are actively involved with creating their own texts. The writing workshop puts students on the spot and makes them responsible for their learning.
  3. 3. Why Writer's Workshop? ● The increased focus on writing comes in part from the technological revolution that has transformed our lives. ● As the Internet and text messaging seep into every nook and cranny of our day, we are writing more than ever. ● In today's Information Age, it has become increasingly important that all children are given an education that enables them to synthesize, organize, reflect on, and respond to data in their world. ● Three years ago, a National Writing Commission called for a Writing Revolution, suggesting that children need to double the amount of time they spend writing in their classrooms. ~Lucy Calkins
  4. 4. Writing Workshop Overview Structure ● 4-5 Days per week ○ 45-60 minutes per session (4-6) ○ 80 minutes every other day (7/8) ● Mini Lesson ○ 5-15 minutes ● Independent Work Time ○ 30-45 minutes ○ Students write, teachers confer ● Share Time ○ 5-15 minutes
  5. 5. Writing Workshop Overview Mini Lesson ● Short lesson on one component of writing ● Lessons are part of a larger unit of study ● Curriculum and needs based Work Time ● Students write independently ● Students explore concept from mini lesson and apply skill to their own writing ● Students are rough drafting, planning, rereading, proofreading, or conferring with other students ● Teacher confers with students one on one or in small groups Share Time ● Oral presentation skills will be taught and practiced ● Develops community and facilitates writing identity
  6. 6. Students Writer's Workshop is an invitation to write. Each writer will collect ideas, then organize and develop their writing from the topic generation stage to publication. Students will... ● Participate in Mini Lessons ● Use work time to write ● Be prepared for conferences with teacher ● Collaborate and confer with other writers ● Choose topics of interest ● Respect their own and each other's writing ● Invest in their work ● Prepare for assessments ● Celebrate growth and success
  7. 7. Teachers Teachers create a writing community in the classroom. Teachers will... ● Teach mini lessons and teaching points ● Teach/model idea generating strategies ● Conferring with students daily ● Encourage collaboration ● Identify needs of students ● Move around the classroom, examining, complementing, asking questions, or making suggestions while students are involved in writing ● Assess student work ● Hold writers accountable for their own writing and learning in Writer's Workshop ● Model strategies by sharing their own writing
  8. 8. Parents Parent support is an essential part of a successful Writer's Workshop. Parents should... ● Encourage your child to write ● Ask your child what they are doing in Writer's Workshop ● Ask them to share and reflect on their writing ● Develop your child as a writer rather than the written piece ● Review work in progress and assessed pieces with your child ● Check Skyward with your child to monitor progress ● Contact your child's teacher if you have questions about your child's academic development or questions about Writer's Workshop
  9. 9. Class work looks like... ● Identify and explore teaching points ● Participate in mini lessons ● Independent writing ● Confer with teacher ● Collaboration with student writers ● Editing, revising, publishing ● Grammar and spelling ● Oral presentation skills demonstrated and practiced
  10. 10. Homework looks like... ● Independent writing ● Mini lesson practice ● Revising, editing, and publishing ● Find inspirations for future writing pieces ● Preparation for assessments
  11. 11. Assessments look like... Assessments are based on grade level writing standards ● Assessments based on concepts taught during mini lessons and practiced during Writer's Workshop ● Assessment of student progress ● Final assessment of published pieces
  12. 12. Digital Integration Netbooks and Chromebooks will be used during Writer's Workshop for the following activities... ● Publishing ● Conferring ● Daily reflections (Moodle forums) ● Research ● Google (Docs, Presentations, Apps) ● Sharing with the global community (Kidsblog) ● Collaboration ● Web 2.0 tools
  13. 13. What's the Difference? We have moved to the Writing Workshop model because it already encompases all the effective teaching and learning practices at Merton, and more. It will make us better. It will make us more consistent. It will help us align our writing program K-8. This is essential as we transition to the Common Core State Standards. ● Do we already have wonderful, independent writers at Merton? YES ● Do teachers already teach mini lessons and teaching points? YES ● Do our students already pre write, draft, edit and publish their work? YES ● Do teachers and students already conference about student work? YES ● Do teachers already help struggling learners based on conferences and assessments? YES ● Do our students already have writing assessments based on state standards? YES ● Do students already collaborate and celebrate their writing? YES ● Do students have choices about their writing? YES ● Do we integrate technology into our writing lessons and classroom experiences? YES
  14. 14. What's Next? ● Common Core State Standards Language Arts alignment ● Create mini lessons and assessments based on the CCSS ● Collaborate with other districts that use the Writer's Workshop model and use best practices to determine appropriate assessments for CCSS ● Reflect on our experience with Writer's Workshop, and celebrate student success ● Explore and implement best practices for technology integration with the Writer's Workshop model
  15. 15. Writer's Workshop "Lifting the level of writing instruction matters because writing matters. We write to hold on to the moments in our lives and to make them matter." ~Lucy Calkins
  16. 16. Resources Special thanks to Sarah Lang, Oconomowoc School District and Katie O'Brien, Franklin School District, for sharing information, ideas and resources. Beach Computer. Digital Image. Homeschool Happymess. Web. 20 August 2012. http: //homeschoolhappymess.com. Calkins, Lucy. (2009). A Guide to the Writing Workshop, Grades 3-5. New Hampshire: Heinemann Publishers. Once Upon a Time. Digital Image. My Life In Writing. Web. 20 August 2012. http://dstracywrites. blogspot.com. Pencils. Digital Image. Writing. Web. 20 August 2012. http://www.publicdomainpictures.net. Pencil Sharpener. Digital Image. Writing. Web. 20 August 2012. http://www.publicdomainpictures.net. Writer's Paradise. Digital Image. Writing. Web. 20 August 2012. http://www.publicdomainpictures.net.