Writing Workshop

Writing Workshop will happen two times a week.
  •     Students will read and analyze a poem at the beginning of each Writing Workshop.  These will be used to look at Figurative Language, Author's Craft, and Themes.
  • Students will participate in Mini Lessons on Writing
    • Author's Craft
    • Dialogue
    • Voice in Technical Writing
    • Citations / Using Sources
    • Fiction / Non-Fiction genres
    • Etc.
  • Next, students will self-select a writing piece to work on.  
    • Each student is required to turn in certain pieces throughout the year, choosing which genre they would like to work on at their own pace.
  • Students will also conference with peers or Mrs. Nicol on author's craft, conventions, and other tools to improve their writing throughout the year.

Rules for Writing Workshop

1. Save everything: it’s all part of the history of the piece of writing, and you never know when or where you might want to use it.

2. Date and label everything you write to help you keep track of what you’ve done (e.g., notes, draft #1, brainstorming).

3. When a piece of writing it finished, clip everything together, including the drafts, notes, lists, editing check sheet, and peer conference form, and file it in your permanent writing folder.

4. Record every piece of writing you finish on the form in your permanent writing folder.  Collect data about yourself as a writer, look for patterns, and take satisfaction in your accomplishments over time.

5. Write on one side of the paper only and always skip lines or type double-spaced.  Both will make revision, polishing, and editing easier and more productive for you.

6. Draft your prose writing in sentences and paragraphs.  Draft your poems in lines and stanzas.  Don’t go back into a mess of text and try to create order.  Format as you go.

7. Get into the habit of punctuating and spelling as conventionally as you can while you’re composing: this is what writers do.

8. When composing on the word processor, print at least every two days.  Then read the text with a pen in your hand, away from the computer, and see and work with the whole, rather than a part at a time on the screen.

9. Get into the habit of beginning each workshop be reading what you’ve already written.  Establish where you are in the piece and pick up the momentum.

10.  Understand that writing is thinking.  Do nothing to distract me or other writers.  Don’t put words into our brains as we’re struggling to find our own.

11.  When you confer with me, use as soft a voice as I use when I talk to you: whisper.

12.  When you confer with peers, use a conference area and record responses on a peer-conference form so the writer has a reminder of what happened.

13.  Maintain your proofreading list and refer to it when you self-edit.

14.  Self-edit in a color different from the print of your text and complete and editing checksheet to show what you know about conventions of writing.

15.  Write as well and as much as you can.