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Resources for Writing Workshop

I know this is a busy time of year full of assessments and interruptions! My schedule may be a bit different for the next few weeks due to NWEA assessments and instructional team days. You can reach me anytime through e-mail!

This week I gathered a few resources related to writing workshop for you. I have included a link to In Common: Effective Writing for All Students, which is an incredible collection of grade level exemplar papers you can use with your students. I also collected blog posts for the most common questions related to writing workshop. Let me know if you are looking for a mentor text for a particular writing lesson! I have also included links to posters for the three types of writing, which would be a great addition to any primary classroom. (Thank you Courtney!) Finally, the Newbery and Caldecott Award books were announced yesterday, so I thought I would share them with you!

Happy Reading!


Great Tips for Writing Workshop

One of my favorite writing blogs is Two Writing Teachers. Here are a few recent pots with great ideas for your writing workshop! All of these posts have great tips!

What do I do with all my student writing? Ideas for organizing finished pieces and drafts

Small Writers, Writing Small Great ideas for primary writers

Many Ways to Use "I Am" Poems Ways to use "I Am" poems across content areas and throughout the year

We Are the Authors: Publishing Decisions Great options for publishing writing

Five Words to Get You Started With Conferring - "One thing writers do is..."

End of Workshop Share and Reflection Time - Check out these ideas for the last 5-10 minutes of your writing workshop!

Anchor charts are an important part of writing workshop. Here are 25 Awesome Anchor Charts!

Grade Level Writing Exemplars to Share With Students

If you are looking for exemplar texts to share with you students, check out the In Common site! This link includes hundreds of exemplars from K-12 classrooms for narrative, informative and opinion/persuasive writing. Jennifer Jacobson shared with us this fall that Examining Writing Mini Lessons are the most effective and the one we do the least! I highly recommend downloading the In Common exemplars for your grade level and sharing them with your writers in your mini lessons.

We have a binder of writing samples in the book room at WES and I am starting to work on one for Atwood. (Thank you to Margie for sharing her book, Using Benchmark Papers to Teach Writing With the Traits, with me for Atwood binder!)

Great Posters for the 3 Types of Writing

Thank you to Courtney Deane for sharing these great posters sets! They would be a great resource for any primary writing classroom! (Each set has multiple pages. The images below are just snapshots of one page from each set.) Jodi Southard is the creator of the posters and has a great blog for primary teachers, Fun-In-First.

Newbery Award Winners

Caldecott Medal Winners

Top Picture Books of the Year from Pernille Ripp

Scholastic's Top 10 Picture Books

Shelly Moody

Instructional Coach, K-5

Atwood Primary School

Williams Elementary School