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Writer's Workshop is a teaching technique that invites students to write by making the process a meaningful part of the classroom curriculum. Ideally students are introduced to the process of writing in the early elementary grades and write daily through varied activities.
Program 1. Building a Community of Writers How can teachers in grades 3-5 create classrooms that nurture and support all students' confidence in their ability to write and help them forge their own writing identities?
There are four parts to the Mini-Lesson if you follow Lucy Calkin's way from the Units of Study.
Connection ___ I connected today's work with our ongoing work. ___ I explicitly stated my teaching point. Teach ___ I restated my teaching point. ___ I told a personal or class story connected to the teaching point. ___ I demonstrated by thinking aloud. ___ I pointed out things students should have noticed. Active Involvement ___ I asked students to be actively involved by turning and talking. ___ I listened / observed / coached their active involvement. ___ I shared an example of what I heard / observed. Link ___ I restated the teaching point. ___ I told students how what I had taught can be used in the future.
Launching Writers' Workshop Writers' Workshop is launched in September in grades 1-5 and in January in Kindergarten. The sample lessons below will help you begin to build a logical sequence of focus lessons that prepare writers for a year in the workshop model.
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The majority of time of Writing Workshop is devoted to independent writing.
Writing Mini Lessons For Primary Grades