Writing workshop encourages young writers to practice work that is similar to the work of professional authors. Students choose their own topics and stories to write and move through the writing process to “publish” multiple times throughout the year. Students study high quality published children’s literature and receive explicit instruction in writing strategies, as well as phonics and spelling, to navigate through the writing process. Working at their own pace, writers create different genres (narrative, informational, opinion) 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.
Kindergarten Writing Workshop
Kindergarten writers learn to use drawing, writing, and talking to tell simple sequenced stories, write informational books about topics they are passionate about, to express opinions.
- Launching the Writing Workshop: In this unit, kindergarteners draw and tell stories, and use drawing and writing to teach about a topic.
- Writing for Readers: Kindergarteners draw, write, and tell true stories.
- How-To Books: Kindergarteners use writing to teach information, step-by-step.
- Persuasive Writing of All Kinds: Kindergartners create posters, signs, letters, and even petitions to persuade readers.
- Looking Closely: Writing Like Scientists: Students draw and label observations of the natural world.|
- Pattern Books: Students study patterns in published books, and write pattern books of their own.
- Songs and Poetry: Students create original songs and poetry.
- Authors as Mentors: Students learn to write in the style of familiar authors.