Writer’s Workshop Ideas
There are so many components to having an effective and successful Writer’s Workshop. I am continually researching ideas to get better at it each year. I want to share some of my resources with you to help get you started.
- Purchase either 3 ring binders or folders for each child. Since I already use the 3 ring binders for my BEE Binders I just have the kids use a folder.
- Have an editing checklist/guidelines/rubric available in each child’s folder so they know what’s expected of them.
- Have a sample laminated hamburger paragraph for them you can find at http://www.teachersclubhouse.com .
- Introduce W.W. slowly, explain rules/procedures/expectations/use of materials, etc.
- Have PLENTY of ready to use story webs, rough draft papers and blank story books available for them.
- If possible and you have the space in your classroom keep all materials organized and in one easy location for all W.W. materials.
- The blank story books I talked about earlier can also be found at http://www.teachersclubhouse.com
- Colored pencils to be used only for W.W.
- Markers to be used only for W.W.
- Organizational wheel or clips something to keep you and children organized ( check out my photos of how I do it )
- Folders for each child
- Some people have each child use red ink pens for editing
- Most days will include a ‘mini-lesson’. I get ideas for these from looking at the standards in 2nd grade, books and researching the web.
- Introduce the W.W. wheel / clip management system or both.
- During W.W. always have Teacher’s Edit written on the board so students can sign up to meet with you.
- Be specific with expectations
- I will include a separate page on this topic
* This is my student’s favorite part of W.W. – sharing their work and illustrations. They sign up and sit in the Author’s Chair to read their story. Near the end of the year I will have an Author’s Chair tea and invite the families to come in and hear their child’s stories.