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Here is a great product that shows how to fit writer's workshop in a 40 minute session [product is developed for a 5 day spread which can be adapted to any type of writing]. This product is especially useful for teachers who are just starting out because it very specifically scaffolds the lesson [building each paragraph one day at a time, and utilizes "how" to work with sample works].
Once students understand the structure of an essay, it is a simple case of using various new samples and new prompts. Follow the very time specific suggestions, and/or use this product as it fits your needs. Detailed notes are provided for the teacher.
17 pages of very useful information, rationale, student writing templates, time management ideas, and student form for self-evaluation/conferencing, suggestions for mini lessons, and more.
Articles from Newsela or the NYTimes will work well to locate relevant texts.