• Writer's Workshop 

    What is the Objective of the Writer's Workshop?
    • Matches individual writers
    • Teaches independence
    • Explicitly teaches strategies and skills to become better writers  


    • Values time spent writing, the 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


    • 5-10 minute lessons


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


    • Topics come from standards, units of study, and 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


    • The 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.


    • The teacher celebrates or summarizes what he or she observed or talked about with students.


    • Students can share examples of their learning.

    Types of Writing Taught in 5th Grade: 

    • Literary Essays
    • Narrative Craft
    • The Lens of History: Research Reports
    • The Research-Based Argument Essay
    • Shaping Text: From Essay and Narrative to Memoirs


  • Student Work: