Writing Workshop

Writing Workshop

The writing workshop, a daily component of balanced literacy, generally follows the same format as the reading workshop. It begins with an instructional lesson and is followed by independent writing time. During this time, children write about self-selected topics as the teacher goes around the room to confer or pull together small groups of children who need the same kind of support. The teacher often stops the class to make a mid-workshop teaching point. Children then return to their writing or perhaps meet with writing partners to talk about their work. At the end of writing workshop, the teacher leads a teaching share time. (Please see the reading workshop blurb above for more information about the structures of the workshop.)

  1. Instructional Lesson

  2. Student Writing Time with Conferring and Small Group Work

  3. Mid-workshop

  4. Partner/Teacher Share

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