So i'm thinking of trying the writer's workshop method next year (4th grade)... but I'm a bit stuck on the actual writing part... lol. I understand you do a mini lesson .. then they write for about 35 or 45 minutes while I conference... then they share. The mini lesson and the sharing part is clear... but while I'm conferencing... what exactly are the other students writing about? It's not suppose to be a journal of what they did or what they're feeling, correct? So are they just starting some sort of fictional narrative? Do they write a small moment from their own lives? Are they working on persuasive pieces or more formal essays? If I do a mini lesson on sentence variety, for example, they can certainly apply that to their writing... but what is the overall topic of what they're writing about? Also, on the next day, do they start a brand new piece? Continue from the day before? I think what would help me understand it more would be if I could actually see an example of a student's writer's notebook. It's mainly a concern for how to start it. Are there any examples online?