This was one of the best decisions I have made in my teaching career! I have never seen students so engaged in writing and they are begging me to write each day. They are excited for their creations because they had a say in what they wrote and how they wrote it. I have class generated anchor charts of each form that we learned about posted so that they can review them while they are writing. Then I conference individually or with small groups based on what their writing goals are or based on what type of writing they are doing. If I notice that a group of students has begun writing stories then I might take them and do a small group lesson on quotations or beginning, middle and end. If I notice that many people are struggling with punctuation then I would teach a mini lesson on that for the whole class.
Right now I have students writing plays, poetry, lists, brainstorming maps, stories, procedures, letters, comics and more! It definitely makes for more interesting sharing time at the end of Writer's Workshop.
|This is part of our writing wall. The chart on invitations was inspired by birthday invites a student was handing out!|