In writing workshop, students gain experience and practice in writing through a workshop approach. Through different units throughout the year, students are taught a variety of writing techniques that allow them to grow as writers.The writing workshop is made up of 4 parts:
Mini-Lesson - The teacher models the skill or strategy focus for the day and students are given the opportunity to practice while in a group.
Independent Writing Time/Conferring - Students work independently, frequently practicing the skill or strategy presented in the mini-lesson. The teacher conferences with individual students at this time as well as conducts small group strategy lessons.
Mid-Workshop Teaching Point - The teacher uses information gathered from individual conferences in order to choose a teaching point that requires clarification for many students or to expand a strategy for students to go further in their writing.
Share/Partnerships - This portion is an opportunity for the teacher to wrap up the day's lesson, highlight individual student's work, or have students discuss the work they are doing as writers.
Third Grade Writing Units:
Launching the Writing Workshop/
Lifting the Level of Personal Narrative Writing
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