Last week I spent time teaching writing workshop procedures with my students. I have both 6th and 7th grades. I still did this with my 7th graders even though I taught them last year because I have new students and I bet some of them forgot over summer. I feel teaching procedures is crucial to success with writing workshop. I developed a power point that I showed my students. It includes what writing workshop is, what to do during workshop, and how to organize their writing binder. Their writing binder includes tools for them to use during writing workshop (rhyming words, common misspelled words, transitions, etc). We add to it as the year goes by.
I have planned this week’s writing workshop. I am excited and hope it goes smoothly.
Monday: personalize writer’s notebooks
Tuesday: celebrity writer’s profile-show Avi’s profile and mine- discuss what good writers do and write in writer’s notebook-students create their own profile and then display them on bulletin board and hallway
Wednesday: finish celebrity writer’s profile – type them
Thursday: discuss how to use writer’s notebook and what they may place into their notebooks- read from Ralph Fletcher’s book A Writer’s Notebook ch 1-explain (how I grade) rubric and class procedures for writer’s notebookwriter’s notebook handout – have them write their first entry from writing territory sheet
Friday: pretest on nouns- 2nd writer’s notebook entry from writing territory sheet