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 a number of texts. When in a writing Unit of Study, 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.
Seventh Grade Writing Workshop
Seventh grade students will write in a variety of genres, including narrative, informational, and argument texts. In their argument writing, students lay out a well-supported argument, clarify that their argument is part of a bigger conversation, acknowledge positions on the issue that might disagree, and demonstrate why their position makes sense. In their narrative writing, students compose realistic fiction that has believable characters, tension, and change, and that not only conveys, but also develops an idea, lesson or theme. In their informational writing, students bring together ideas and information about a subject. Writers incorporate a variety of text structures as needed, including argument, explanation, narrative, and procedural passages.
Writing Units of Study may include:
- Writing Realistic Fiction: Symbolism, Syntax, and Truth: Seventh-grade writers create short fiction with believable characters and memorable scenes. With a specific lens on crafting realistic stories, writers develop characters with struggles and motivations that mirror real life and built scenes with dialogue, imagery, and symbolism.
- Writing About Reading: From Reader’s Notebooks to Companion Books: Seventh-grade writers create companion books that explain, develop, and extend ideas about fiction books they’ve read. Writers plan, draft, and revise their work by reading closely and responding with analytic writing, using text evidence to elaborate, and writing to deepen literary analysis of symbols, structures, and perspectives.
- Art of Argument: Research-Based Essays: Seventh-grade writers compose essays that build convincing, nuanced arguments. They balance evidence and analysis to persuade readers to shift their beliefs or take action. Writers also bring critical perspectives to their research.