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A Teacher's Guide to Writing Workshop Essentials: Time, Choice, Response

A Teacher's Guide to Writing Workshop Essentials: Time, Choice, Response

The Classroom Essentials Series

A foundational guide to the principles, practices, structure, and daily routines of Writing Workshop.

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*How can I get started with writing workshop, or refine my workshop?
*What are the essential elements of a writing workshop?
*How can I create daily structures and routines that support writers?

In this foundational guide, Katherine Bomer and Corinne Arens describe the elegant simplicity of a Writing Workshop focused on just three essentials—time, choice, and response. Based on the research-based belief that children learn to write best when we provide a predictable, daily structure for writing, Katherine and Corinne introduce teachers to the rituals and routines of writing workshop and suggest ways to take small, incremental steps toward implementing them.  Shared from the viewpoint of two veteran educators who understand the issues and obstacles teachers face day to day, A Teacher’s Guide to Writing Workshop Essentials also serves as a refresher for experienced workshop teachers looking for a chance to refocus, clarify, and extend the work in their practice. If your teaching has become more complicated and more focused on curriculum than on the writers sitting in front of you, if you’re not sure what your students really need to support them as writers, or if you’re just not sure how to get started with Writing Workshop, this guide is for you.

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Contents

Part One: Writing Workshop Essentials
Writing Workshop Structure

Part Two: Time
Working In Time
What Students Do in the Writing “Bubble of Time”
What Teachers Do in the Writing “Bubble of Time”
Predictable Time Matters
Work That Extend Across Time
Protecting Writing Workshop Time
Benefits of Breaking Out of the “Bubble”
Writing Workshop and Multilingual Students

Part Three: Choice
Understanding Decision Making
Choice Matters
Possibilities for Maximizing Student Choice
Starting with Choice Right From the Start
Writing Workshop and Multilingual Students

Part Four: Response
Response Matters
Structures and Routines for Daily Response
Teaching Students About the Give and Take of Response
Extending Response Beyond the Walls of the Classroom
Writing Workshop and Multilingual Students

Part Five: Time, Choice, and Response Across a School Year
What You Will Likely See Early in the Year
What You Will Likely See as the Year Progresses
“I’m the Kind of Writer Who…”

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Email planningservices@heinemann.com if you would like to contact Katherine Bomer directly about professional development support.

Email planningservices@heinemann.com if you would like to contact Corinne Arens directly about professional development support.