|Writing From the Heart Writing Workshop
In our classroom students write daily. During Writing Workshop the teacher models writing through a mini-lesson using our Writing From the Heart curriculum. The mini-lesson is followed by independent writing time for students. During the Writing From the Heart workshop children focus their writing on a variety of subjects including School News, Animal News and Fun News. Before writing students brainstorm lists and use Story Talk to verbalize their thoughts of what they will be writing. Then students work on independent writing. We then work on Revising and Editing our writing. Students also have conference time with the teacher before publishing.
|Writing Workshop Notebooks|
|I would like to thank Mrs. Madden for sharing this idea with me this summer and allowing me to use her site and information as a basis for our first grade version of the Writing Workshop Notebook.|
|We use black 1 inch binders for our notebooks. Each notebook is labeled on the front and spine with each student's name.
|Inside each binder is a pencil pouch containing a blue, green and red pen.
The pens are used for each step of the writing process.
|At the front of each binder are the steps for Writing Workshop in our Classroom. The steps are also listed on a poster in our classroom. Students use this as a checklist to see where they are in the process.|
|During Prewriting students use a variety of graphic organizers including webs and lists. After this prewriting, students will be ready to begin their first draft. All prewriting and first drafts are written using a blue pen. If writing workshop ends while students are in prewriting or first draft stages their work is stored in the blue first draft pocket|
|Once first drafts are completed, students will be ready to revise their writing. The revising checklist is kept in a clear sleeve in the Writer's Notebook. To revise their work students use a green pen. If the workshop ends and student are in the revision stage, writing in placed in the green Revise folder.|
|After revising their work, students are ready to edit their work for mistakes. The editing checklist is kept in a clear plastic sleeve for student use. There is also a poster of the editing steps in the classroom. To edit their work students use a red pen. If the workshop ends during the editing stage of writing, writing in placed in the red Edit folder. Students then have a conference with the teacher about their writing.|
|After conferencing with the teacher and further editing and revising if necessary, students publish their work. During this stage students use pencil to do their final copies. In our first grades, students usually illustrate their final work. If workshop ends during this time work is kept in the yellow publish folder.|
|Students then are welcome to celebrate their writing success by sharing their work from the author's chair in front of the class. We play the song "Celebrate" before each celebration and then give a cheer of choice for our author. Writing is also displayed in our hallways and classroom.|
|Writing Workshop Notebook Resources|
|Mrs. Madden's 2nd Grade Writing Workshop
Writing Workshop Steps by Becky Hicks
First Grade Steps for Writing (Word Document)
First Grade Revising Checklist (Word Document)
First Grade Editing Checklist (Word Document)