Writer's Workshop for 1st Grade: 20(+) lessons to help you get started!

Jessica Pelka
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Do you want to launch a successful writing workshop, but aren't sure where to start? Here is your step-by-step, day-by-day guide to teaching young writers HOW to write well. By using this research-based, engaging approach to teaching writing, writer's workshop time will soon become everyone's favorite time of the day. Even yours. I promise.

In order help teachers start off on the right foot, I have pulled together 20(+) lessons to use in 1st grade to get writer’s workshop underway. These are lessons that I used as a veteran 1st grade teacher, but improved by what I have learned through my training as a literacy coach and reading specialist. I have taken bits and pieces from the experts that I have studied: Lucy Calkins, Katie Wood Ray, Matt Glover, Fountas and Pinnell, Peter Johnston, Donald Graves, Marie Clay, Ralph Fletcher, Andrea McCarrier, Horn and Giacobbe, Tony Stead, and Carl Anderson.

I have titled this guide as the First 20 Days of Writer’s Workshop. Honestly, these lessons could and should be stretched out over many more days. I am trusting that you will use your professional opinion on whether to extend the lesson or come back to it at another time. Many of these lessons may need to be retaught at various points in the school year. As we all know, we are working with 6 and 7 year-old children! Things do not always go as planned. Use close observations of the children to guide you in moving through these lessons. Always keep this thought in the back of your mind: We are starting slow to move fast. This will take time, but it is time well spent and you will reap the benefits of your hard work later in the school year. I hope that you will use this product to see the joy in teaching young writers. I know this is hard work and here is your life vest.

These lessons have been carefully created with several goals in mind:
1. To establish routines and behaviors for writer’s workshop for the entire school year
2. To build classroom community, excitement for writing, and a can-do attitude in students
3. To help you understand the WHY and WHAT to teaching writing effectively
4. To help students see themselves as writers that will rise to their teacher’s level of expectation
5. To teach students to become independent thinkers in reading and writing
Remember, during this unit of writing, we want students to experience the love and excitement of sharing and telling stories. This will make their written stories and all the learning you do around writing this year so much better. You will be igniting a fire for writing that can’t be extinguished.

Included in this guide:
**20 detailed lessons plans
**background information and rationale
**writer's workshop structure
**materials needed
**personal narrative mentor text list
**management forms
**writing paper templates
**tons of tricks, tips, and strategies to use to shift your writers

This unit is only the beginning...Click here for the bundle that includes it all: First 20 Days, Personal Narrative Writing, Opinion Writing, and Informational Writing Click Here for the Writer's Workshop BUNDLE - Writing Through the Year - Especially for 1st Grade!

A great companion to this unit can be found here:
Writing Companion - Writing Notebook: Supporting Writers One Best Practice at a Time

Good luck, fellow writing teachers! Thanks for looking!

Jessica Pelka
Roots and Wings

Total Pages
72 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 month
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