I student taught in a first grade classroom in the Spring semester. My teacher and I started a writer's workshop at the end of the year because she saw a presentation during a conference and wanted to try it. The book we read was About the Authors: Writing Workshop with Our Youngest Writers by Katie Wood Ray - FANTASTIC! The majority of our students had previously seen writing as somewhat of a dreadful thing, but they were SO excited to write and share their own books! I was only able to participate in this for a couple of weeks and it was fabulous. I would really like to start off my year (if I teach primary) with this writer's workshop. My question is, when do I teach sentence mechanics? I know I don't want to stifle their creativity and enthusiasm for writing by constantly harping on them for capital letters and periods...I've heard that I kind of need to choose what we're going to focus on, one or the other...Would I take days off of the workshop to work on sentence mechanics or incorporate them into minilessons, or...Does anyone have any experience or advice for this?