I like to run a WILDLY structured workshop. That means there are well-established routines that create consistency. No one says, "What are we doing today?"
A structured writing workshop can– and should– be run by the students themselves. In the same way that a Little League baseball team of 8-year-olds can run their own warm-ups and stretches while the coach sets up the bases, teachers can hand over control and allow them to warm up, stretch their creative minds, and set writing goals… all with a trained student leader.
After becoming a published children's book author, I realized there were things I had to UN-learn because my editor showed me what is expected by publishers. I was teaching my students some aspects of writing that were incorrect!
When my Writer's Workshop wasn't getting the results I wanted, I took a step back and decided to model it similar to the way authors work in real life. My workshop is now run by two students leaders who walk the class through a writing warm-up then set a goal for that session.
In my mini-lesson, I teach SIX skills then go back and repeat them over and over throughout the year. Essays are handled in a different way with different structure, and I detail how I break those down each day. Doing it this way has seriously saved my sanity. My students are now writing volumes, hitting personal records, and celebrating each other. They love it!
This complete guide walks you through EXACTLY how I set up a structured student-led Writer's Workshop.
There are 8 chapters:
Why all the structure?
Set the scene
Handing over the keys
Teacher takes the stage
Voice & Choice
Essays, grading, and grammar
The six SUPER skills
The resource section includes these downloads:
Writing Trios editable template
Student leader scripts
Personal Record digital tracker
The Six SUPER Skills Wheel
Writing Formative Assessment
AAAWWUBBIS Chart for sentence complexity
I like to run a WILDLY structured workshop. That means there are well-established routines that create consistency. No... read more