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An Overview of Writing Workshop (Grades-3-8)

Many students will identify themselves as readers but fewer will call themselves writers.  How does the teacher go about creating a space where students see themselves as writers? Writing workshop can be the place where writers have opportunities to make meaning, where revision is an opportunity, and where students read deliberately, collecting ideas and strategies through their journeys.

Writing workshop focuses on three key features: an emphasis on writing, a sense of community support, and individualized instruction and feedback to foster student growth as writers. The writing workshop curriculum focuses on lessons that are taught while students are actually engaged in authentic writing experiences. This emphasis on writing connects the instruction directly to the activities that students are completing. 

The Learning Sessions

The following learning sessions are set up in an intentional sequence. The ideas and concepts build upon each other and require some additional actions back in the classroom. Each session is design for approximately a 45 minute block of time. Additional activities and resources are provided if additional time is available. As long time facilitators of professional learning, we strongly encourage a more extended kick off learning session before diving into an inquiry cycle. 

Resources and Tools

These tools were created as part of the Literacy Improvement in Rural Education through Collaboration (LIREC) project funded by the U.S. Department of Education