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Old 10-10-2011, 01:29 PM
 
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I'm really interested in doing a writer's workshop in my class. We already do a lot of writing and I have a semi writer's workshop going on, if that makes any sense. Every Friday I try to incorporate some type of writing project that goes for a couple of weeks.

Do you do a writer's workshop and if so, how do you do it?


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I am planning one as well... We are going to have it once a month for a full day. We haven't gotten the plan ready yet but I will post them here when we have completed them. Good luck
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Writer's Workshop Everyday
Old 10-12-2011, 04:29 PM
 
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We do Writer's Workshop everyday in 4th grade. Each day or sometimes everyother day we have a mini-lesson. Next week we will teach a lesson getting rid of boring verbs. We call it using vivid verbs. I will read a small picture book and we will discuss as a class the vivid verbs used in the story. After that I go to my story that I have been writing on chart paper and we find verbs that need to be spruced up. They help come up with better ones and we add them into the story. Then they go into their own stories and do the same. Just a little example.
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Writer's notebooks
Old 10-22-2011, 04:58 PM
 
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I use writer's notebooks in my class. I have used them for several years. Each student has a composition book that is called their "writer's notebook." They are encouraged to bring them home to write in them if they choose. We start by doing some type of list -
For example:
Day 1 List of "Animals I like"
Day 2 Choose one animal you want to know more about - then write questions that you would like to get answered about your animal
Day 3 We might do research
Day 4 read the research and begin finding facts about the animal
Day 5 continue adding facts about the animal
Day 6 Begin "Non-Fiction Article About Animal"
Day 7 Continue Article

During each day, I will confer with students to help them with ideas and make sure they are on track
There is a really good book by Ralph Fletcher about Writer's Notebooks. I will check at school - I think there are some other really good books that will help you get started!
Let me know if you have any other questions.
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