Writing Workshop: The Essential Guide
Is the writing workshop the only way to teach writing? No. There are a variety of approaches or programs, but none of them matches the writing workshop when it comes to growing strong writers. That's why, despite the pressures of testing, the writing workshop has endured and even flourished in thousands of schools across the country.
Today we face a time when as many as ten million new teachers are entering the profession. It is for these teachers, and others who are unfamiliar with writing workshop, that Ralph Fletcher and JoAnn Portalupi wrote this book - as a way to introduce and explain the writing workshop . . . to reveal what a potent tool the writing workshop can be for empowering young writers.
Above all Writing Workshop is a practical book, providing everything a teacher needs to get the writing workshop up and running. In clear language, Fletcher and Portalupi explain the simple principles that underlie the writing workshop and explore the major components that make it work. Each chapter addresses an essential element, then suggests five or six specific things a teacher can do to implement the idea under discussion. There's also a separate chapter entitled "What About Skills," which shows how to effectively teach skills in the context of writing. The book closes with practical forms in the appendixes to ensure that the workshop runs smoothly.
Fletcher and Portalupi's twenty-plus years working with teachers have convinced them that there is no better way to teach writing. This important book is the culmination of all their years of effort, a synthesis of their best thinking on the subject.
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The key here is to invite the student to talk about the topic, rather than reading
and responding to the writing. When you get a student talking about his topic, you
will often hear him speak the kind of honest, specific, accurate details that makes
Ask them to talk about problems they may have encountered and how they
solved them. Encourage them to identify the strategies they used that worked.
Ask the questions: What are you learning about yourself as a writer? What do you
Ask student to select and talk about what makes this his or her "best" work. Ask
student to talk about a piece of writing that failed and what lessons the
experience taught. Finally, encourage the student to set one or two goals to work
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Writing Workshop: The Essential Guide, Fletcher and Portalupi. 154 pages. Yet another best practice book by teachers and best practicians.
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