Writers’ Workshop is …..
a time to learn to write through daily
practice by using a process of thinking,
sharing, writing, revising, editing and
Typical Day in Writers’ Workshop
Writing Time –
Sharing with a classmate or teacher
Closure – Sharing writing and focusing on
student writing that exemplifies what was
taught in the mini-lesson
Writing is a process.
Writing is putting your thoughts into words
and sentences. Then writing the
sentences in a coherent order for others to
Putting thoughts into sentences can be
difficult—that’s why a process is important.
The writing process.
Step One – Think
Think – There are many ways to think
about writing—it depends upon what you
plan to write.
If you are writing a narrative story –read other
Step Two – Share
Before you begin to write, tell another
classmate or teacher your story. Talking
about your story helps you to organize
your thoughts and begin to write. Your
listener may ask you some questions to
help clarify your story ideas.
Step Three – Write
Now, begin to write. Remember to use a
pen for your first draft. Don’t worry about
mistakes. Cross a line through a mistake
and keep writing.
Step Four – Revise
Read or share your
Big Question – Does
story with a classmate
it make sense?
or teacher. Your
friend will help you to
determine if it makes
Step Five – Edit
Check for spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors.
Circle words that appear to be misspelled.
Capitalize the beginning of a sentence.
End a sentence with a period, exclamation point, or a
Step Six - Publish
Present your work to the public. Write or type
your best copy to share with others.
Resources for teachers.
Dorn, Linda J. and Soffos, Carla, Scaffolding Young Writers – A Writers’
Workshop Approach , Stenhouse Publishers, Portland, Maine, 2001.
Fountas, Irene C. and Pinnell, Gay Su. Guiding Readers and Writers
Grades 3-6, Heinemann, Portsmouth, N.H., 2001.
Illinois State Board of Education, Principal’s Flipchart for Literacy