I'm looking for some feedback from others regarding their own writing instruction models. I've switched around this year and had varied success with two types of writing instruction. One, I've tried writing workshop. I read a mentor text, we discuss, and then students write their own story within that genre. This worked out okay. We had some good conversations about techniques authors were using. However, not all students liked the approach or seemed to benefit from it as much as they could. I'd get "I don't know what to write" or "I'm done" often from the same group of kids (even though, if they truly are done, they are supposed to be starting another story). I also got some really good writing, and several kids who like the relative freedom of choosing what to write within the genre. At any given time, students could be at any part of the writing process, depending on what their own needs were. A writing unit on a particular genre would take around 5 weeks to get through. Two, I tried a more traditional writing prompt approach. I'd give the whole class a prompt. On the first day, everyone would brainstorm. On the second, everyone would write their rough draft. Next, everyone would edit. Finally, everyone would do their final copy, with me setting a specific deadline for their assignments. Reflecting for next year, I want to have a more systematic approach to writing, and really choose one method over the other. Which one do you all have better results with? Or, is it not too bad to switch between the two?