Differentiated Writing Workshop Guide | Peer Editing Checklists | Mentor Texts

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Are you looking for a practical guide to teaching writing workshop?

This writing workshop guide is designed as an all-purpose manual for teaching writing workshop with your classes. The 30 pages of how-to’s, handouts, and charts can be used for any kind of writing, from argument to poetry to personal narrative.

When you teach with this writing workshop unit, you will:

• teach your students the importance of the writing process

• feel confident to give your students some freedom in their writing choices

• show your classes how to use freewrites to come up with essay topics

• push your kids to analyze mentor texts for techniques and writer’s craft

• have specific suggestions for revising student work

• have the tools to show your students how to conduct effective peer conferences

• use your writing workshop time efficiently by utilizing checklists and handouts

• choose from multiple mini lessons to address students’ needs

• get your classes to push through to a final draft

• proudly watch your classes create better finished products and be proud of their achievements

learn from my many years of teaching writing workshops so that your workshop runs smoothly and without drama!

Table of Contents

7 Tips For A Successful Writing Workshop

*Writing Workshop: A Guide for Students

Process Checklist

Suggested Schedule

Differentiating With Mentor Texts

*All-Purpose Mentor Text Questions

Four Benefits of Freewriting

*Freewriting: A Guide for Students

Tips for Writing a First Draft: A Guide for Students

How To Conduct A Mini Lesson on Writing Elements

Peer Conference Steps

*How To Conduct Effective Peer Writing Conferences: A Guide For Students

*Peer Conference Handouts

6 Tips for Conducting Effective Teacher-Student Writing Conferences

Teacher Conference Checklist for Argument Writing

Teacher Conference Checklist for Narrative Writing

*10 Suggestions for Revising Your Writing

Troubleshooting Writing Workshop

Handouts and Guides for Students

Included in this guide is everything that you need to get your students writing, revising, and working together to improve their essays.

Total Pages
30 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.


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