• Writer's Workshop

    What is the Objective of Writer's Workshop?

    • Matches individual writers
    • Teaches independence
    • Explicitly teaches strategies and skills to become better writers  
    • Values time spent writing, volume of writing, and a variety of writing experiences
    • Follows predictable structures and routines  

    The 3 Parts of Reader's Workshop:

    1. Mini Lessons
    2. Independent Writing with Conferences
    3. Sharing

    Mini Lessons:

    • 5-10 minute lessons


    • Short, focused, and direct instruction on one aspect of writing


    • Topics come from standards, units of study, and from teacher assessments of what most of the class needs.


    • Students are engaged, jotting notes in their notebooks and ready to go back to their seats to demonstrate those skills in their independent writing.

    Independent writing with Conferences:

    • 20-40 minutes


    • Students are engaged in FVW (free, voluntary writing), using strategies learned in mini lessons, sometimes meeting with partners/groups, and also reading their writing


    • Teacher is individualizing the instruction for everyone during conferences


    • Students are using a writer's notebook, other paper, or a computer


    • 5-10 minutes
    • Gather students together to use students’ work and experiences to illustrate teaching points.
    • Teacher celebrates or summarizes what he or she observed or talked about with students.
    • Students can share examples of their learning.

    6 Traits of Writing:

    1. Ideas:  The central message and the details that support that message
    2. Organization:  The internal structure of the piece, the thread of logic, the pattern of meaning.
    3. Word Choice:  The specific vocabulary the writer uses to convey meaning and enlighten the reader.
    4. Voice:  The tone and tenor of the piece.  The personal stamp of the writer, which is achieved by a strong understanding of audience and purpose.
    5. Sentence Fluency:  The way phrases and words flow through the piece.  This is the auditory trait because it is "read" with the ear as much as with the eye.
    6. Conventions:  The mechanical corrections of the piece.  Capitals, Punctuation, Spelling, Grammar


    Types of Writing Taught in 6th grade:

    • Narrative
    • Argument
    • Informational