I am so excited to begin using a Writing Workshop this school year
to deliver writing instruction! Following a model by
Jennifer Jacobson, students will be involved in our writing
workshop for about 30 minutes two to three times per week. During this time,
students will work independently on self-selected writing, while I
conference with students and deliver lessons to them based on their
specific writing needs. This is in addition to the time
students spend engaged in writing during Daily Five!
We will also be completing writings for our writing folders.
These will be assigned writings, where students have grade-level
appropriate FCAs (Focus Correction Areas). On days that we
complete assigned writings, we will not have a typical writing
workshop. These writings are then graded and placed in our
writing folders so students can see their growth throughout the
year. We do two to three assigned "Type Three" writings a
Writing Workshop Schedule
||Mini-lesson as part of "Morning
Meeting", using a picture book to look at author's craft.
||"The Quiet Ten"- ten minutes where
everyone (including the teacher!) spends time engaged in
writing, drawing, or pre-writing activities independently.
||Independent writing- students can
sign up for conferences with the teacher, the teacher may
schedule writing conferences, students who are ready to
publish their work may be helping a parent volunteer type
their work. Each student has a spot in my Pensieve
where I will record their goals and strengths in writing.
We will refer often to their writing
menu, which is where each
student will select writing goals for their personal writing
Students will also be about to work on their writing during Daily
Mini-lessons will focus on ideas, organization, voice/style, and
the menus of skills we will focus on.
Some mini-lesson topics...
|*Writing workshop procedures
*1st grade & 2nd grade review- Sentence formation and organization
*2nd grade- paragraph format introduction
*What to do when you get stuck
*Word choice- this is an ongoing
*Bold beginnings and excellent endings
*Types of sentences, using varied end marks in
|*More personal narratives
|*Informational writing- students
will be crafting informational paragraphs about Michigan for
our gingerbread exchange.
|*Persuasive writing (persuade me to
hire you for a classroom job!)
|*Fairy tale genre- 2nd grade
students will create original fairy tales during our genre
study. 2nd graders will also work on pieces for the
Young Author's contest.
|*Informational writing- students
will research a topic and write a report.
What does a writing conference look like?
Each student has a
writing conference recording sheet
in their section of my pensieve. Following the format below, I
record observations and take notes during each students' confrence.
||*For the first minute or so of each
conference, I review with students the goals that we were
working on the last time we met. Their goal may have
been to focus on something in a particular piece of writing
or an overall goal they need to work on in their writing in
*We also set a goal for this conference. I
always begin by asking students why they signend up for a
conference with me.
|*Next, students share the writing
they signed up to conference about. If it is a long
piece, they may share just one part of it. While they
read, I listen and jot down things I notice about their
|*Depending on the student's goal
and the observations I make when they share their writing, I
provide brief instruction to the student.
|*I point out things I noticed to
the student- "I noticed you use the word 'colorful' to
describe your dog."
*Then, ask a question to guide the
student into thinking more about their writing- "I'm really
curious as to what colors your dog is? I wonder if you
might like to tell more about your dog so I can really get a
good picture of him in my head."
|Plan for next
|*Last, we make a plan for the next
time I will meet with them. Sometimes I send them away
with a specific task to complete before I see them again,
other times I pencil them in for a specific date in the
|*We are so lucky to have two parent
volunteers who will come in monthly to type students' work! Then each student will be able to illustrate
their work... we are so excited about publishing our pieces!