Came across a pptx for a workshop presentation I did in Virginia. As I view it today, I see I have really nothing to add–everything I said back in 2008 I am still saying today….and saying, and saying…Writing and Writers—Essentials for Teaching….
…this is what I would see in schools:
Writing Program Model
Writing Taught as Process—–Prewriting, Drafting, Sharing (Feedback), Revising, Editing, Publishing–all processes modeled well by teachers. Writing processes taught as the “work” that writers do.
Writer’s Workshop Context—-Teacher modeling of focus (mini) lessons (1/4 of workshop time)—-Students engaged in writing process writing (1/2 of workshop time)—-Sharing (1/4 of workshop time)
Choice—-Student ownership of topics, whenever possible.
Authenticity—-Emphasis on teaching what real writers do, and in teaching the kinds, genres and forms used in the real world
Writer’s Notebooks—-Grade 3 and above
Journals—-Self-initiated, daily time for journals and journal share in K-2.—-Second semester of second grade, writer’s notebooks could be introduced.
Strategic Teaching—-Writing strategies are seen as integral to and used across the writing process
Six Traits—-Using the language that defines good writing as a window into REVISION, and to assess for conventional use (editing)
Reading/Writing Connection—-Literature/text in the real world is central to writing instruction, to include Author Studies and Craft Studies for deep study of craft/technique
Created by Pamela Stockinger, 2010