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This Week in Writing Workshop August 26, 2007

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


3 Responses to “This Week in Writing Workshop”

  1. phantomcity Says:

    Hi! Thanks for linking to my blog. I really like what you are doing here and have been thinking discussing my thoughts about college-level English (I taught for a couple years) on my blog and trying to shape some of it into a teacher’s poetry resource. Inspired by what you’re doing here. Thanks!

  2. aredden Says:

    Sounds like you are off to a great start.

  3. lorna Says:

    I am introducing writer’s notebooks to grade 6 students and I love the idea of a powerpoint presentation for an overview of the writer’s notebook. Would I be able to see your powerpoint in order to get some ideas for my own?

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