These comprehensive texts some recent, some classics provide a good starting point for exploring how to implement a successful writing workshop in grades three through five. Additional resources are recommended within the individual workshop Web pages.
Calkins, Lucy McCormick. The Art of Teaching Writing. Rev. ed. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1994. ISBN: 0435088092
This classic addresses every aspect of the writing workshop, including topic choice; teacher conferences; peer response; writing across the curriculum; and revision, editing, and publication.
Fletcher, Ralph, and JoAnn Portalupi. Writing Workshop: The Essential Guide. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2001. ISBN: 0435087347
A readable, compact guide for implementing a writing workshop in the classroom, this book includes a bibliography of children's literature to use as a jumping-off point.
Graves, Donald. A Fresh Look at Writing. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1994. ISBN: 0435088246
This comprehensive book looks at how teachers can explore the joys of writing with their students, with specific information about portfolios, genres, teaching grammar and conventions, and record keeping.
Graves, Donald. Writing: Teachers and Children at Work. Twentieth-Anniversary Edition. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2003. ISBN: 0325005257
One of the seminal works in writing instruction, this is an inspirational text.
Ray, Katie Wood and Lester L. Laminack. The Writing Workshop: Working Through the Hard Parts (And They're All Hard Parts). Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English, 2001. ISBN: 0814113176
This popular book provides a comprehensive guide to every aspect of the writing workshop.
Routman, Regie. Writing Essentials: Raising Expectations and Results While Simplifying Teaching. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2004. ISBN: 0325006016
This book demonstrates practical, easy-to-do strategies to take all students from first draft to publication.
Spandel, Vicki. The 9 Rights of Every Writer: A Guide for Teachers. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2005. ISBN: 0325007365
Nine published writers, including Jim Burke and Barry Lane, join in a discussion about what makes writing work: reflection, choice, individualizing the writing process, making mistakes, seeing others write, and more.