Prepare for the Workshop
To prepare for this workshop, you will review the strategies you already use and read two articles about whole-class instruction.
What Do You Do?
Think for a moment about how you remember being taught writing in elementary school. What do you recall about a typical writing lesson? How do you imagine your teacher prepared for the types of lessons you were taught? Now think about your own teaching and answer the following questions, jotting down your answers in your notebook.
- How do you determine which writing skills to teach?
- How do you prepare to teach specific writing skills?
- When do you use whole-class instruction? What kind of an approach do you take?
- What types of resources and materials do you use in your teaching?
- How do you assess students' understanding of your lesson?
Examine the Literature
Print out the Examine the Literature Response Chart (PDF). Then read the articles listed below, recording your ideas on the chart during and after reading. When you have finished, save your chart to submit as an assignment.
Exploring Inquiry as a Teaching Stance in the Writing Workshop (PDF)
This article examines the benefits of using an inquiry approach to teaching writing, including the use of op-ed pieces in a fifth-grade writing workshop.
Ray, Katie Wood. "Exploring Inquiry as a Teaching Stance in the Writing Workshop." Language Arts (National Council of Teachers of English) 83, no. 3 (January 2006): 238-247. Copyright 2006 by the National Council of Teachers of English (www.ncte.org). Used with permission.
Why Cauley Writes Well: A Close Look at What a Difference Good Teaching Can Make (PDF)
This article examines the writing of one first-grader, Cauley, and reveals how good teaching has helped him become a better writer. It also includes goals and outlines for 11 writing workshop units of study.
Ray, Katie Wood. "Why Cauley Writes Well: A Close Look at What a Difference Good Teaching Can Make." Language Arts (National Council of Teachers of English) 82, no. 2 (November 2004): 100-109. Copyright 2001 by the National Council of Teachers of English (www.ncte.org). Used with permission.