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Writer's Workshop Overview

Writer’s Workshop is a framework for writing instruction that aligns with Common Core State Standards. The Workshop model includes a predictable pattern of:

  • Mini-lesson: teacher models a specific writing strategy or technique. These short lessons are teacher-led, and typically utilize a “mentor text”, or piece of exemplary writing.
  • Independent writing: students are given time to write independently, to practice this strategy or technique to enhance their own writing.
  • Conferencing: the teacher engages in writing conferences with individuals or small groups. This allows the teacher to differentiate for students, either reteaching skills or introducing something new that a student may be ready for.
  • Sharing: students are given the opportunity to share their writing in a variety of ways. This time reinforces the idea that we write for an audience and our writing needs to clearly communicate our ideas.

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