Writers Workshop Staff Development

Morning Session - Grades 3-5



  • Writing Activity - Haiku
  • What do we know about writers in grades 3-5? PPT
  • Application: Look at a lesson plan and a video to look at how these components are evident in instruction
  • Brief review of WWS
  • Analysis of Calkins' first lesson in Launching the Writing Workshop
  • Jigsaw September lessons
    • Using minilesson sheets, plan out the different sessions
    • Talk through how you will do it
    • Do you want to incorporate literature or coordinate a read aloud?
    • Think about how you will teach WWS this month

  • What does your classroom look like? Where will you write? Where will you put your supplies?
  • Look at anchor charts/graphic organizers and other resources on CD-Rom
    • What will you start with?
    • How will you make these charts?

  • How will you collaborate for October? Let's make a plan. Small Moments...
  • For next time: Breathing Life into Essays. Read the book and be ready to discuss how to implement! Bring some student work that you want to talk about and receive feedback on. Maybe it's a student who is doing well and you want to share an important strategy or a student who is struggling and you want some time to problem-solve. We will have some time in small groups!


Wiseman's Materials

The prezi on Writers Workshop This is based on the mini-lecture I gave on Thursday

What we know about Writing 3-5 This is the PPT I presented on Monday

Reading/Writing Interest Survey Interested in finding out what your kids think about reading and writing? Check this out!

Book Report Alternative Lesson Plan from ReadWriteThink

Things to Say in Writing Groups Here are some ideas for teaching kids to respond to each other. Each one of these could be a minilesson!


Minilesson Plans

Minilessons - Davidson School District

Minilessons for all ages

Books for Writers Workshop

Writing Sense - A WWS book geared to English Language Learners grades K-8.
Writing is all about making meaning. The prospect of teaching writing to a classroom full of students—some who speak English and some who don't, can be overwhelming. When students learning English are at different levels, the task is even more challenging. Juli Kendall and Outey Khuon experimented with Ellin Keene's “Thinking Strategies Used by Proficient Learners” and found that by integrating writing and reading instruction their English language learners become stronger writers.

Scaffolding Young Writers In Scaffolding Young Writers: A Writers' Workshop Approach, Linda J. Dorn and Carla Soffos present a clear road map for implementing writers' workshop in the primary grades. Adopting an apprenticeship approach, the authors show how explicit teaching, good models, clear demonstrations, established routines, assisted teaching followed by independent practice, and self-regulated learning are all fundamental in establishing a successful writers' workshop. There is a detailed chapter on organizing for writers' workshop, including materials, components, routines, and procedures. Other chapters provide explicit guidelines for designing productive mini-lessons and student conferences.

Using the Writer's Notebook in Grades 3-8: A Teacher's Guide Janet Elliott performs magic in the classroom by encouraging children to write! In this highly readable guide, Elliott provides everything you need to re-create that magic in your classroom, including tips and ideas for getting started with writer’s notebooks and using them effectively all year long. Filled with practical ideas, assignments, and examples of student writing, this book offers a vision of what is possible for young writers—both in writing across the curriculum and in writing workshop. You’ll also find handy management tips that help you meet the challenges that often arise.

6+1 Traits of Writing for Grades 3-5If ever there was a book that a teacher could take off the shelf and use, this is the one. Ruth Culham has written a book that should be on every teacher's desk. The format is very easy to follow with lots of GREAT ideas that can be used immediately with your students. Not only is it the perfect writing guide for teachers, it gives a scaffolding for intermediate teachers to understand how students come to be writers.

Tools for Teaching Content Area Literacy Reading and writing across content areas is emphasized in the standards and on high-stakes tests at the state and national level. As educators seek to incorporate content-area literacy into their teaching, they confront a maze of theories, instructional strategies, and acronyms like REAP and RAFT. Teachers who do work their way through the myriad content reading and writing strategies are discovering not all activities are appropriate for content instruction: only those with a strong research base meet the high standards expected in classrooms today.

Janet Allen developed the ideal support for teachers who want to improve their reading instruction across the curriculum. Tools for Teaching Content Literacy is a compact tabbed flipchart designed as a ready reference for content reading and writing instruction.

More Tools for Teaching Content Area LiteracyFinding the right tool to support learning is the key to student success. When appropriate strategies are combined with engaging texts, student interest and learning increase. In Tools for Teaching Content Literacy Janet Allen put a wealth of research-based instructional tools at teachers' fingertips to help students make connections with informational resources and to read critically. More Tools for Teaching Content Literacyextends this treasure trove with 25 new instructional strategies -- from Expert Groups to Point-of-View Guides, to Wordstorming -- using the same compact, tabbed flipchart format.