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Writing Workshop

Writing workshop encourages writers to practice work that is similar to the work of professional authors. Students choose their own topics, issues, and stories to write about and move through the writing process to produce and “publish” a variety of genres throughout the year. Students study high quality published middle grade and young adult literature, in addition to real-world texts like newspaper or magazine articles. Students receive explicit instruction in writing strategies to navigate through the writing process. Utilizing various writing tools, writers create different genres throughout the year. Students have time to write every day.

In writing workshop, students learn to communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the technological platforms, tools, styles, formats, and digital media appropriate to their goals.

Fifth Grade Writing Workshop

Fifth-grade students will write in a variety of genres, including narrative, informational, and argument texts. In their argument writing, students make a claim or thesis on a topic or text, support that claim with reasons, and provide a variety of evidence for each reason. In their narrative writing, students compose pieces about important moments and true accounts that read like a story. In their argument writing, students use a variety of information to teach about a subject. This includes composing mini-essays, stories, or how-to sections.

Writing Units of Study may include:

  • Research-Based Argument Essay: Fifth-grade writers build arguments by collecting evidence and quotes, bringing critical perspectives to their work, and appealing to their audience.
  • Narrative Craft: Fifth-grade writers generate ideas from personal experiences. Writers draft, revise, and edit with attention to developing the heart of the story through elaboration. This includes telling the internal story, stretching out important moments, and building tension.
  • Lens of History: Research Reports: Fifth-grade writers not only collect information about a topic, but also develop their ideas and refine their thinking. An essential part of the writing work is developing effective note-taking systems and assembling the information collected. Writers draft, revise, and edit with attention to structuring their work in a way that teaches and engages readers.