Independent Writing/Collecting Entries
mini lesson, students work in their Writer's
or quick write
section to collect entries
that may later become longer pieces of writing for publication. I have
them use the following
they are having difficulty coming up with their own.
Writing time varies in my class but usually last for
about 25 or more minutes. During writing time
and use this
chart with individual students. Students are
also allowed to conference with peers.
two weeks I have students choose
an entry from their territories or independent writing [in notebooks] to make into "draft form."
They choose a
form of writing
or use the prepared forms I have stapled to my bulletin board. It is these pieces of writing that will
go through the writing process of editing and
revising so that they can be published and shared with others.
entries in the Writer's Notebook do not become published prices of
writing. The one chosen by the student is proofread and edited and
handed in for marking.
Sharing With a Wrap Up Exercise
Every day, or sometimes every
second day, at
the end of writing workshop , I bring students back together
for a 10 minute group share and reflection. I have students sign up
to share on sheets left on my desk for this purpose. I have an 'author's
stool, by my desk for this purpose. During this "your turn session"
students might ask for help or get feedback from peers who are willing
to offer advice. The student might also want to
share part of an entry of which he or she is especially proud.
During many group shares, each student gets
a turn to share a small part of an entry.