In Writer's Workshop, especially in Upper Elementary, students organize their thoughts to write about any topic and develop it into an understandable narrative with a voice and focus that catches the interest of the reader. The Writer's Workshop format includes planning (with peer conferencing), brainstorming revision, teacher editing, and direct instruction in the mechanics of grammar.

Upper Elementary students are able to use writing mechanics comfortably and the shift in their cognitive abilities to higher order thinking allows them to develop a more sophisticated sense of what makes good writing. While it is still important to allow students to choose a topic, students are now ready to learn about other types of writing.

 

Many of my ideas are based on Six Traits Strategy Page. Please view this page for more ideas.

     
  

   

 
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  I use the writing workshop as an opportunity to Guide my students along a continuum. This workshop is  intended to be a five week long [or more if you want ] teaching unit that invites students to write so that meaning is made through connections with, themselves, the world they live in and their favorite authors' styles of writing.

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My  GOAL  is to take students from dependency to independency, where they can make their own decisions about what they will write and how they will write. 

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An effective writing workshop is taught in increments over several weeks or broken into sections over the year. Conventions of sentence structure are taught early and followed by paragraphing and essay type writing. Vocabulary building and dictionary  and thesaurus usage is mandatory throughout.

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There are seven important strategies that all writers must be able to apply to text in order to communicate their ideas. The seven strategies are: Voice, Ideas and Content, Sentence fluency, word choice, organization and conventions.  Presentation is not a trait of writing, but it is a component of publishing your writing. It is a very important final step.