I am beginning a more structured writer’s workshop approach with the help of some great TPT ideas and the book Growing Up Writing: Mini-lessons for emergent and beginning writers by Connie Dierking and Sherra Jones.
One of my first mini-lessons includes using the visual chart to explain the structure and set-up of writer’s workshop. We will start with a short mini-whole group lesson then student’s will practice “silent writing.” Next students will move to “independent writing” (cooperative shared writing, conferencing, etc.) and finally we will end with sharing time. I made the students each a writing folder. Inside I included a rubric for writing, what can I write about (see pic), a personal list of writing ideas (created at home), family words and a winter words page. I added some fun stationary and a mini winter journal book for them to use as well. I’m anxious to see how their writing improves this semester!
Another one of our mini-lessons included a discussion about what to write about during workshop time. I paid for a unit on TPT which included a great visual aid that I put in their writing folder. Here is the link and resource!