Writer’s Workshop

Writing Workshop comes from the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University.  

The structure of reading workshop goes as follows:

  • Mini-lesson: 1D writers gather on the carpet while I deliver a 10-minute lesson.  This is a time for writers to learn something new that will help them with their writing.
  • Independent work time: 1D writers head quickly and quietly to their desks with their writing folder.  They may choose to add to, revise, or edit an old piece, or start a new piece.  They remain engaged in their writing for 30-40 minutes while I float through the room to confer with writers one-on-one.  In my conference, I help a writer with a skill or strategy that is specific to her writing needs at that time.
  • Share: 1D writers gather back on the carpet while 1 or 2 writers share their work.  We look for writers who have tried new strategies learned from our mini-lesson that morning.

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