Well, I don't even know if I'm going to have a true writing workshop. I have decided two things though: only on rare occasions will writing projects be taken home for homework, and they will be doing more kinds of writing next year. The first because more than a few kids never brought their work back this year and had to start over multiple times, the second because we only did a few pieces of writing in 5th grade. It seemed that was all we had time for! So here is the situation. I have a 40 min. period, Mon.-Fri., with each class. In this time I must cover grammar, writing, punctuation, and everything else connected to the writing process and 6+1 Traits. How can I work things so as to get everything in? What do you do to make things move along smoothly? How do you keep the kids on track and still move things along quickly? And what do you do with those kids that finish quickly and need other things to occupy them? How about those kids that seem to take a week just to get through the planning and drafting? All help and advice is welcomed.