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.
Third Grade Writing Workshop
Third grade writers learn to give and explain reasons for their opinions, include a variety of different kinds of details in informational texts, and write detailed focused narratives.
- Crafting True Stories: Third graders write true stories and revise and publish one story.
- The Art of Information Writing: Third graders write an information book about a topic.
- Changing the World: Third graders write speeches and use writing to express opinions.
- Once Upon A Time: Third graders adapt and write fairy tales.
- Songs and Poetry: Students generate original songs and poetry.
Helping Outside of School