Teaching writing can be challenging, but using this curriculum will prove to make it easier, enjoyable, and effective for you and your students. This unit provides the following:
- Procedures in order to make your writers' workshop successful.
- Key point posters: these are what mini-lessons will be focused on. There are copies with and without picture clues, depending on your students' needs as writers.
- Three mini-lessons per each key point.
The duration of each key point will 100% depend on where your students are as writers. You might focus on a key point for one week, whereas your students might need to focus a little longer on particular key points. I post the key point poster, which is the skill we're working on as writers, in the area where direct instruction takes place. Over the course of the week, if I feel that my students have a good grasp on the key point we've been working on, I will move that key point poster to the writing station area, and put up the next key point poster as our 'next challenge as writers.'
I hope this helps you as an educator motivate and instill the love of writing in your own students. Using key points and mini-lessons ENGAGES students to do their personal best as writers. The key point posters are great visuals as to what their goal is as a writer and using mini-lessons helps students focus in with a short lesson, giving them plenty of time to try and implement the key point 'challenge' in their own writing!
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