Writers Workshop Staff Development

Afternoon Session - Grades K-2



  • Writing Activity - Haiku
  • What do we know about young writers? 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 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: Writing for Readers: Teaching Skills and Strategies 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

Lesson plan on Stop Signs to Golden Arches from ReadWriteThink

PPT for What we Know About Writing K-2


Minilesson Plans

Minilessons - Davidson School District

Minilessons for all ages

Books for Writers Workshop

Writing SenseA WWS book geared to English Language Learners.
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.

About the Authors: Writing Workshop with our Youngest Writers As indicated by the title, this book is about using writing workshops with students in kindergarten through second grade. Although writing is the point of these workshops, the students are not asked to just write anything. The workshops provide a specific goal for students: to make stuff, more specifically to make and write books. The authors thoroughly describe the hour long writing workshops, functions, and teaching opportunities that are typical of an average workshop. Rich examples of the authors' experiences, along with samples of students' work are used throughout each chapter to further develop the objectives of the writing workshops and provide inspirational ideas to readers. The chapters themselves are organized into three sections, adding structure for the many components of the workshop.

6+1 Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide for the Primary GradesIf 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 primary teachers, it gives a scaffolding for intermediate teachers to understand how primary students come to be writers.