Writer's WorkshopWhat 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:
- Independent Writing with Conferences
Independent writing with Conferences:
- 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.
- 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