Writer’s Workshop is a simple way to organize opportunities for young people to express themselves through writing. It is built upon a process similar to that which aspiring professional writers might use, including sharing writing with peers, conferencing and editing, and developing a writing portfolio over time. The workshop setting encourages children to view themselves as writers, becoming more and more skilled by writing frequently, for extended periods of time and on topics of their own choosing.
Having an authentic audience beyond the classroom gives student writing more importance and helps students to see a direct connection between their lives and their literacy development.
To power up your Writer’s Workshop, be sure to include all five stages of the writing process:
Students use this stage to brainstorm ideas, consider the audience and purpose for writing, and use graphic organizers to develop and connect ideas.
Students work independently at this stage. Support students individually as they write, offering praise and suggestions while being mindful of children who might be “stuck” or struggling with the task.
Revising and Editing
Show students how to revise and edit their writing in order to make it more coherent and clear. Model by reading your own writing, and do a think aloud about how you could add more details to make it clearer. Reading their work aloud to classmates during peer editing conferences helps students understand what revisions are needed.
Encourage students to publish their works in a variety of ways, such as a bulletin board, letters to the editor, website or other community outlet.
- 2Key Terms
- 3Literacy Diagram
- 4Literacy: A Cornerstone of College and Career Readiness
- 5Literacy Skills Develop Over Time
- 6“Texts” Come in All Shapes and Sizes
- 7Literacy: An Evolving Set of Skills
- 8Oral Language and the Reading Connection
- 9Unlocking Meaning: Vocabulary is the Key
- 10The Vocabulary Gap
- 11How Do Reading Skills Develop?
- 12How Do We Become Good Readers?
- 13Five Components of Reading
- 14Phonemic Awareness
- 19Comprehension — Putting the Pieces Together
- 20Developmental Stages of Reading
- 21Stage 1 — Visual Cue Word Recognition
- 22Stage 2 — Phonetic Cue Word Recognition
- 23Stage 3 — Controlled Word Recognition
- 24Stage 4 — Automatic Word Recognition
- 25Stage 5 — Strategic Reading
- 26Stage 6 — Proficient Adult Reading
- 27How’s My Reading?
- 28The Power of Writing!
- 29How Writing Skills Develop
- 30Why Literacy Is Important
- 31Preventing Summer Learning Loss
- 32Literacy Everywhere
- 33Deepen Your Understanding
- 34Listen to Students Read Aloud
- 35The Value of Good Questions
- 36Motivation — A Key to Promoting Positive Reading Behaviors
- 37Literacy Skills Affect Future Success and Civic Participation
- 38Learn More Library
- 41Check for Understanding