Essentials of Time and Space

Chapter 2 - Writing Workshop - LLLS 4344

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  • Crucial for students to have frequent, predictable time set aside for them to write

  • Scheduled writing time -> Minimum of 3 days a week, 1 hour a day

  • Journal writing may be used for Writer's Workshop IF it focuses on helping students feel comfortable with writing. If not, then it best used separately.

  • Encourage students to experiment with writing techniques during Writer's Workshop

  • Student choice is prevalent (important)

  • 3 Components Present in WW:
    1. Whole Group Instruction
    2. Time for Writing
    3. Response Time (may be done via whole group or small groups)

  • Mini Lessons Categories:

    1. Procedural
    How to get/use materials
    Where to confer with friends
    2. Writer's Process
    Strategies to use
    Techniques to use
    3. Qualities of Good Writing
    Deepen students' understanding of literary techniques
    4. Editing Skills
    Develop understanding of grammatical skills

  • Students (in WW) are rough drafting, planning, proofreading, etc.

  • Teachers (in WW) are conferencing with students about writing

  • Share Time
    Coach students in how to respond to each other's writing


  • Meeting Place
    space large enough for entire class to meet

  • Place for Materials/Tools
    where will tools be stored?
    Tools: Pencils, Papers, Word Lists, Dictionaries, Folders, etc.
    Possible Solution: Establish a Writing Center

  • Desks/Tables Arrangements
    Cluster desks into groups of four (4) or six (6)

  • Reminders around the room --> Frees up teacher from being only source of information

  • Making it Work in the Classroom (p.20)
    1. Look at weekly schedule. Find 3-5 time blocks of 50 minutes to devote to writing

    2. If schedule appears full, ask yourself:
    - What lessons or other activities could WW replace?
    - Are there times already devoted to writing or language work? If so, what purposes do these serve?
    - Might they be better served with writer's workshop?

    3. Let your class know when writer's workshop will be

    4. Ask your students to talk about what they need in order to make the classroom a comfortable place to write

    5. Based on this input draw a map of the classroom and share it with them

    6. In the early weeks of the workshop keep asking the questions:
    - Have we created a comfortable place for writing?
    - Be willing to make changes along the way as you find what works for you and your group of students
  • "Time and space contour the container that will harness that energy" (quote from p.19)