Facilitate a Writing Workshop Virtually

Need to keep your kiddoes writing? Explore free writing prompts, revisit the writing process, and nurture student writing virtually.

goal of writing workshop

The writing workshop framework meets these needs and streamlines instruction in order to meet the most important objective: giving students time to write. The workshop setting supports students in taking their writing seriously and viewing themselves as writers.

  1. Mini-Lesson

Teacher, student or guests present a short lesson that introduces a new concept or meets the needs of writers in the classroom. These mini lessons are often 5-10 minutes long.

Some Tips:

Remember, the goal is have students see you writing. You can model that on paper or on the screen.

2. Status of the Class

Teachers need to know what students are working on. This can make identifying particular needs easier.

Some Tips:

You can use a variety of screencasting tools to offer feedback.

3. write and confer

Student writes, as well as confers with either the teacher and/or peers.

Some Tips:

  • Use Flipgrid to make "at a distance" peer writing conferences easy (Tweet Example)

  • Organize students into Channels in Microsoft Teams to work with each other

  • Create small groups in Seesaw so that peer conferences can take place between small subsets of your whole student group

Share a rubric or conversation guide (e.g. Reciprocal teaching) to deepen comprehension.

4. SHARe - Practice "TAG"

Student reads their piece of writing to the group. Listeners can practice the TAG approach:

  1. Tell one thing you liked about the written piece shared

  2. Ask one question

  3. Give one suggestion

Some Tips:

  • No new tech tips; you have all the tools you need

National Poetry Month - April

T.S. Elliot argued “April is the cruelest month." Poetry can help with that. It's National Poetry Month this April. Don't be afraid to find, read and share poems all month with your students.

Poem in Your Pocket Day takes place every year on a day in National Poetry Month. On this day, select a poem, carry it with you, and share it with others at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, street corners, and on social media using the hashtag #pocketpoem. The 2020 Poem in Your Pocket Day will take place on Thursday, April 30.


In his book, Rose, Where Did You Get that Red?, Kenneth Koch writes:

When I became interested in teaching a particular poem, I would look for a poetry idea to go with it, such as for the Blake class, “Imagine you are talking to a mysterious and beautiful creature and you can speak its secret language, and you can ask it anything you want.”

The poetry idea, as I’ve said, was to give the students a way to experience, while writing, some of the main ideas and feelings in the poem we were studying. . . .