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.
First Grade Writing Workshop
First grade writers learn to use drawing, writing, and talking to tell sequenced stories, write informational books that elaborate on topics they are passionate about, and use writing to express opinions.
Small Moments: First graders write true stories and revise and publish a story of their choice.
Nonfiction Chapter Books: First graders write information books about topics of their choice..
Writing Reviews: First graders study reviews, and write reviews of a variety of a wide range of topics they have strong opinions about.
From Scenes to Series: First graders write realistic fiction stories and revise and publish one piece of their choice.
Songs and Poetry: Students generate original songs and poetry.
Authors as Mentors: Students learn to write in the style of familiar authors.
Helping Outside of School