A writing workshop is a great way to teach students the various steps in the writing process. But launching your writing workshop takes a lot of planning. So, how can you start a writing workshop during your writing block? Follow these five easy steps!
The first step in preparing for a successful year of writing workshop is first to get organized. Reflect on your practices in the following areas and prepare for your first day of the workshop:
After organizing your workshop, you want to make sure you figure out where your students are in their writing capabilities. Administer a pre-assessment before teaching the first mini-lesson. You can determine student abilities by giving them a writing prompt before you launch your writing workshop.
The writing prompt should be a personal narrative that most students could relate to, such as when they spent the night with friends or something fun they like to do with their family. Whatever the prompt, it should not be a topic of students choosing. The assessment should be the same for everyone. For younger students, be sure students read the writing to you. Transcribe any words you may need to know once you assess the paper.
Before launching your first writing workshop mini-lesson, prepare students for class time expectations. For example, students need to know they are writing to build stamina. Writing workshop is for writing, and they should work on writing the entire block.
You may also want to consider a flipped classroom approach to writing by creating your own video lessons. I've created video lessons for my writing workshop lessons and they have been a hit! Students can go from start to finish when going through the writing process. I've even organized the lessons in Seesaw using a grid like the one below.
One of the most important things you can do during a writing workshop is to meet with students one-to-one during conferencing. Here are some tips:
Share time is the most critical part of the workshop, but it is often left out because of time. No matter what, allow students to share their writing even if you have to cut the writing time short. Here are some tips:
The best part of launching a writing workshop is it can be in person or virtually! Some technology tips include:
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