Writer’s Workshop

Personal Narrative

Personal Narrative

The Writing Workshop is a method of writing instruction developed by Lucy Calkins.

This method of instruction focuses on the goal of fostering lifelong writers. It is based upon four principles; students will write about their own lives, they will use a consistent writing process, they will work in authentic ways and it will foster independence.

The Writing Workshop is designed for use in all grade levels. Each grade level has specific units of study tailored to meet developmental and curricular needs. Students have a large amount of choice in their topic and style of writing. The teacher acts as a mentor author, modeling writing techniques and conferring with students as they move through the writing process. Direct writing instruction takes place in the form of a mini-lesson at the beginning of each workshop and is followed by a minimum of 45 minutes of active writing time. Each workshop ends with a sharing of student work.

First Grade Weekly Schedule
Special Events
Reading Workshop
Writer’s Workshop
Mathematics
Social Studies
Art, Science, Library, Music, P.E., French, Spanish, Computer, and Strings

Educational Philosophy

Recommended Reading: PRAISE

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