Each day, the kids participate in Writers’ Workshop. Writers’ workshop has three main components: the mini lesson, independent work time with conferences, and sharing.
The mini lesson is a short whole group lesson that focuses on one component of writing. Sometimes we learn about the craft of writing, sometimes about conventions of writing. Some of our recent mini lessons have been about adding more, writing from our hearts,and labeling our pictures with one letter. At the end of each mini lesson the writers take a “think minute” to make a plan for independent writing time that day.
Independent writing time is just what the name suggests. The kids work on writing projects of their choice. Sometimes we will have focused pieces in which the children attempt a particular genre of writing. As the students work, I have individual writing conferences in which I talk with each child about their own individual needs in writing. I compliment something the child does well and give them one thing to try.
Sharing happens at the end of writing time. There are so many ways to share writing. At this point in the school year, I choose one student to share their work with the class and I model how to give compliments to someone else’s writing. Later in the year the kids will get to compliment each other. We will also do other types of sharing like sharing with a partner or sharing a particular aspect of our writing. Sharing provides motivation for students to work hard each day and also helps reinforce what students are doing well.
That’s Writers’ Workshop in a nutshell. Please ask you child what they have been writing about!