The emphasis in writing is on helping students understand how real writers go about their craft. In the past, writing instruction generally emphasized the "finished product" rather than the "process" of getting from blank paper to completed assignment. Our classroom provides a very different setting for writing. Students are expected to write in various areas of the curriculum and for a wide variety of purposes and audiences. Thus,students learn that writing is a valuable tool for communication. They are not expected to "get it all right" the first time, but instead are encouraged to take risks; to try out their ideas in rough draft form;to revise and revise again; to edit their drafts; to share their works in progress with peers and teachers; to "publish" special pieces of work. Finally, students are asked to make careful choices about which pieces of writing best reflect their progress.
We spend 45 minutes to an hour a day with our writing workshop. What does the term Writing Workshop mean?Literally, it is a time when teachers teach students the writing skills(focus, content, organization, style, and conventions) and how to apply them to the three modes of writing (narrative, informational, and persuasive). Thus, it is a good framework for meeting our State/District writing standards. The workshop is organized for easy management by both students and teacher, including a predictable time for writing and conferencing, established consistent routines, and systems for storage of writing and record keeping.
For more information about writing, please visit the SCASD Language Arts & Social Studies website.
Last Modified on May 4, 2013