Writing Workshops

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    Do you use a writing workshop system in your classroom? If so, how do you implement this? I teach 7th grade and am hoping to use writing workshops in my classes next year that include peer editing.
     
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    I'm grade 3, but the workshop philosophy is utilized throughout my K-8 district. Do you know the general workshop format?
     
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    I do know the general format. I have never used it, though.
     
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    So what does your 'writing calendar' look like now?
     
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    I teach narrative essay, persuasive essay, summary essay, response to literature, and poetry. They are organized into units.
     
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    There's no reason to not use a workshop approach with these...is it getting started that's throwing you?
     
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    Exactly! I am going to use writer's portfolios this year to keep all the writing steps organized for the students, but I am not sure how much reflection I should do. Or how I should introduce the portfolio system to the students.
     
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    Introduce the portfolios as a mini lesson...writers organize their work...one way is by using portfolios...this could be a quick 'mini unit' of just a few days on 'Living a Writerly Life'...would you incorporate Writers Notebooks or just use folders/portfolios?
     
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    Great idea! I can do this in the first week of school. I am going to have the writer's portfolios and a composition journal where they do daily writing prompts.
     
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    Sounds great!
     
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    Just another tip, I gave up one bulletin board to displaying where a student is in the writing process. This way I know when students are or aren't making much progress and also when they are ready to conference with me.
     
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    This is cool! So--every kid had a spot or could the post something when needed?
     
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    The students aren't actually putting up their writing here (we do that on a different board). Basically I put up a picture of each student and then they move them as they progress through a piece. I use different colored backgrounds for different classes. So my first period is red, second blue, etc.

    So when a student is prewriting, their picture is on prewriting, when they begin drafting, they move their picture. If they decide to begin a new piece, they can move back down to prewriting.
     
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    This sounds awesome!
     

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