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    Writer's Workshop

    BEST PRACTICES IN WRITING  
    1.  Establish a positive atmosphere for learning:
          -An environment of respect, positive regard, support, and a valued sense of community
    2.  Establish an inviting classroom
          -non-institutional furniture, colorful room, allow for movement, modeled respect for students' 
           ideas/emotions/interests/concerns/collaboration/respect for cultural differences
    3.  Modeling teacher's original writing:  essays/compositions and poems
    4.  Use of Writer's Workshop:
          -clear directions on day's work, time to work on drafts, editing, revising, and sharing
          -Specific mini-focus skill lessons
          -Peer conferences
          -Teacher conferences
    5.  Engage students in writing regularly
    6.  Use of a Writer's Notebook
    7.  Teach different styles of genres
    8.  Give students choice and ownership of selected pieces
    9.  Share published pieces
    10.  Use authentic literature to model writing materials/samples
    11.  Encourage risk taking in writing
     
    Students will use writing in countless ways:
                * to communicate
                * to express themselves
                * to question
                * to persuade / argue a position
                * to synthesize / evaluate
                * to teach
     
       "It takes years to gain control and mastery over the written language, but students who learn to write well truly have one of the most powerful tools imaginable.  No writing program matches the writing workshop when it comes to growing strong writers.  A Writing Workshop creates an environment where students can acquire skills including sequencing, spelling, rereading, and supporting big ideas with examples.  Students can acquire these skills with the fluency, confidence, and desire to see themselves as writers."  Ralph Fletcher
     
       In Writer's Workshop, my students will be utilizing a Writer's notebook throughout the year.  I will model different kinds of writing genres, and provide my students with the time to plant "seeds" in the different styles.  In addition, I will expose my students to a variety of poems that are fun and easy to write.  Students will be expected to write many different pieces throughout the year, and will be given opportunities to free write pieces for additional points.   
     
         I will model writing techniques used by published authors as well as my own writing pieces.  My students will be expected to write every day.  Some pieces will be written as a response to literature, and other pieces will be assigned as new writer's craft techniques are introduced.  Some pieces will be just planted "seeds" and may or may not come to publication.
        
         Students will not be graded on every piece they write each day....fostering a willingness to take risks in their writing. Hopefully, by experimenting with new writer's craft techniques, my students will include some of the techniques in the compositons/essays they publish.  Students will be graded on two required published composition/essay pieces per marking period: one 10-step Process Piece, and one Cold Independent Write. 
     
         All students will be responsible for writing at least six poetry pieces per marking period.   
     
         All writing pieces will be published and housed in a Writer's Scrapbook.  All poetry pieces will be published and housed in a bare book.  In June, we celebrate with an "Authors' Night" and share our Scrapbooks and Poetry Books.  A year in review slideshow presentation will highlight the educational "fun" we had all through the year..
     
    GRADE POINT AVERAGES ARE MADE UP OF THE FOLLOWING:
    10-Step Process Writing & Cold Write Assessments & Free Write Assessments 
    Spelling & Grammar Assessments
    Classwork/Homework/Workshop Time 
     
    You are now able to access your child's grades using your own personal password.  For details, check the LMTSD website.
     
Last Modified on January 29, 2013