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Teaching Tips: Writer's Workshop

These sites have resources for teachers to develop writers’ workshops in their classrooms. Find a step-by-step guide for the writer’s workshop including story planning, revision, teacher editing, and direct instruction in the mechanics of grammar. Includes ideas, downloadable resources, classroom activities, and lesson plans for creating the workshop. There are also links to eThemes Resources on Writing: 6 + 1 Writing Traits, Graphic Organizers, and Story Elements. There are more eThemes resources in category “writing” that go along with this theme.


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In this activity, students do a free-writing and sharing exercise with the teacher's writing as a model. Next they assume the role of teacher and provide the teacher with feedback on his writing.
This professional article provides educators a step-by-step method for using writer's workshop in the classroom. Anecdotal information gives real-life examples for initiating and managing writer's workshop.
This link provides a number of sites dedicated to students and writing. NOTE: This site contains advertising.
Here is a lesson plan and tips on how to start a writer's workshop. NOTE: This site has a discussion forum and contains ads.
Learn how to write from authors, editors, and illustrators. Includes tips and guidelines for various types of writing including book reviews, news writing, myth writing, and descriptive writing. There is also featured student writing. NOTE: This site contains ads.
This lesson plan is designed to help students choose and focus on a topic. NOTE: This site has links to external sites and contains ads.
This lesson plan teaches a three-step peer-editing process and then students practice the strategies.
This web site is designed to help teachers implement the writer workshop in their classroom.
This page guides you through a writer's workshop step-by-step and there are resources for each step.
This site has a collection of stories written by young writers. You can also have students submit their stories and got published online. NOTE: This site contains ads.
The 6 + 1 Writing Traits Model gives students and teachers a common language for talking about writing. The following sites have definitions, descriptions, rubrics, and exercises to help students become familiar with the characteristics of good writing. There are many interactive features so students can practice their own writing and learn how to evaluate effectively. There are video clips, prompts, activates, and examples of writing at different levels of accomplishment, as well as eThemes Resources on grammar, narrative, and text structure.
These sites have printable and interactive graphic organizers to be used in the classroom. Includes KWL charts, webs, clusters, timelines, outlines, fish diagrams, story maps, comparing charts, cause and effect charts, and more. Some sites explain how and why to use graphic organizers in the classroom.
These sites have hands-on activities and graphic organizers to help students understand the different story elements, including plot, setting, and characterization. Also learn about sequencing and cause and effect. There are links to eThemes Resources on character traits, book activities, and graphic organizers.

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