Writer's Workshop

Teaching writing is my absolute FAVORITE! That's why everything you'll ever need to know about teaching writing workshop can be found here. There are tons of helpful blog posts, free downloads, ideas for every stage of the writing process, writer's workshop tips, and so much more. I hope you enjoy!
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These units provide teachers with EVERYTHING they need to successfully teach both reading workshop and writing workshop for the ENTIRE year of school!!
These units provide teachers with EVERYTHING they need to successfully teach both reading workshop and writing workshop for the ENTIRE year of school!!

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Personal Narrative Writing
I love personal narrative writing because it's such a great way to get to know students on a personal level. Kids love writing about themselves, so this is a great unit to use at the beginning of year to build writing stamina!
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Get to Know Your Students Through Their Writing!
"My students are loving the personal narrative writing units of study!! I can’t believe their enthusiasm for writing and most students are writing across several pages. Even my struggling writers are connecting and working hard! I can’t wait for their finished, published pieces" -Jennifer, Out of This World Literacy
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Get to Know Your Students Through Their Writing!
"My students are loving the personal narrative writing units of study!! I can’t believe their enthusiasm for writing and most students are writing across several pages. Even my struggling writers are connecting and working hard! I can’t wait for their finished, published pieces" -Jennifer, Out of This World Literacy
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Get to Know Your Students Through Their Writing!
"My students are loving the personal narrative writing units of study!! I can’t believe their enthusiasm for writing and most students are writing across several pages. Even my struggling writers are connecting and working hard! I can’t wait for their finished, published pieces" -Jennifer, Out of This World Literacy
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Get to Know Your Students Through Their Writing!
"My students are loving the personal narrative writing units of study!! I can’t believe their enthusiasm for writing and most students are writing across several pages. Even my struggling writers are connecting and working hard! I can’t wait for their finished, published pieces" -Jennifer, Out of This World Literacy
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Make Writing Personal
Back when I first started teaching writing I really didn't know what I was doing. I used to have the class all write about the same topic. I knew I wanted to make their writing more personal, but I didn't really know how to make that happen. When I was in graduate school I started to learn new strategies for teaching writing, and that's when everything changed! My post-graduate degree helped me take the new writing skills and turn them into effective mini lessons. Check out more lessons!
You are not alone if your students struggle to write for longer than 5 minutes. Check out this blog post for helpful tips on how you can start building their writing stamina today! Workshop Building, Building Stamina, Writing Mini Lessons, Fourth Grade Resources
Build Writing Stamina!
You are not alone if your students struggle to write for longer than 5 minutes. Check out this blog post for helpful tips on how you can start building their writing stamina today!
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Why Readers Abandon Books
Part of teaching students to find just right books is helping them learn when is the right time to abandon a book. Check out this mini lesson statement and student responses to why readers give up on books.
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How to Get ALL Students Writing
It's pretty simple really. Give them all a chance to make a list of things that are important to them. You can start them out by modeling this skill. Make your own list of things that are important to you. Share your list with the class. Then create a class list of things that are important to your community. Finally, ask students to make their own lists in their writer's notebooks. Celebrate that everyone is a writer in your room!!
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How to Find Student Writing Territories
It's so important that students write about things that actually matter to them. Help students find their writing territories by: 1. Making lists 2. Circling 1 item from the list that is most important to the writer. 3. Write about that one thing in detail (either in paragraph form, making another list, timeline, etc) After several lists and writing from the lists have been completed, students can start to see patterns and find their writing territories!
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A Writing Lesson for Planting Seeds
Getting every student writing can be a challenge, especially if they are reluctant writers. Writing just happens to be my FAVORITE subject to teach because I get to know my students and their passions through their writing. I hope this lesson helps you and your students get started with writing, planting seeds, and building writing stamina! You can find reading and writing units by clicking the image.
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Stress-Free Lessons All Year!
Out of This World Literacy members enjoy instant access to every literacy curriculum they could ever need for the entire year. All the lessons are prepped and ready to go! Simply make your schedule and cover the standards in reading, writing, language, spelling, and vocabulary each day. Check it out!!
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See Inside a Writer's Notebook!
Check out this blog post for how to set up your writer's notebooks so that learning can last ALL YEAR long and not just one day. :)
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Generate Prewriting Seed Ideas with This Lesson!
"We talked about planting seeds and how not every seed will grow but that writers often write their "seeds" down to explore what they could write about at a later time. We generated a list of ideas that writers could write about. Then I had students go back to their desks during independent practice and choose 3 topics and make lists under those topics....each on a separate page in their WNB." Erica, Out of This World Literacy Member