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Writing Workshop for Middle School: 10 Easy Narrative and Persuasive Assignments

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This book details 10 writing activities for a beginner writing workshop. But don't be discouraged if you have advanced writers--the activities are scaffolded and differentiated into beginner and advanced versions! The first half of the book focuses on narrative writing, and the second half moves into persuasive writing. The 10 writing lessons progress in complexity and difficulty in order to build skills. Several mini-lessons are suggested for each writing activity; the mini-lessons are also differentiated and scaffolded to build in complexity. In addition, there are a multitude of grammar mini-lessons purposely selected to match each writing assignment. Finally, each writing activity includes suggestions for listening/speaking activities. Writing workshop topics like individual conferencing and grading are also addressed. The table of contents are as follows:

Chapter 1: How to Use this Book
•Order of Writing Activities
•Content of Writing Activities
•Individual Conferencing
Chapter 2: Writing Activity 1: Setting Sketch
Chapter 3: Writing Activity 2: Character Sketch
Chapter 4: Writing Activity 3: Ode
Chapter 5: Writing Activity 4: Autobiographical Incident
Chapter 6: Writing Activity 5: Retelling of a Legend
Chapter 7: Writing Activity 6: Children’s Book
Chapter 8: Writing Activity 7: Friendly Letter
Chapter 9: Writing Activity 8: Compare and Contrast Essay
Chapter 10: Writing Activity 9: Travel Brochure/Essay
Chapter 11: Writing Activity 10: Letter to the Principal
Appendix A: Mini-lesson Quick Reference
•All-Level Mini-lesson List
•Leveled Mini-lesson List
Appendix B: Additional Materials for Group Prewriting Activities

EACH writing activity includes:
-a brief introduction to teaching the activity,
-a step-by-step assignment/instruction sheet (with checkboxes for each task) that you can copy for students,
-a rubric (with categories for Structure, Process, Description, Spelling and Grammar),
-2-3 suggested craft mini-lessons with explanations,
-4-6 suggested differentiated grammar mini-lessons with explanations,
-differentiated brainstorming sheets,
-several suggestions and explanations for partner/group listening & speaking activities,
-and mentor texts with questions.
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