Start off the school year right! Help your students learn how to feel confident in their ability to become writers!
This is written as a unit, intending to get the students thinking positively about their writing capabilities. These lessons are a launching point to writing in all genres and subject areas and as students experience issues writing in different genres or for different subject areas throughout the year the teacher can re-teach any or all of the lessons.
The writer's workbook unit lesson plans cover 15 lessons (designed to be taught one day a week allowing for plenty of time to apply the skills taught in each lesson). The topics taught include:
- Lesson 1: What is a writer’s notebook?
- Lesson 2: What makes an unforgettable story?
- Lesson 3: Why is writing with specific, small details is important?
- Lesson 4: What is a "seed idea?"
- Lesson 5: What is the secret to writing? (Intro 6+1 Trait Writing)
- Lesson 6: Finding an idea to write about
- Lesson 7: What kinds of settings are conducive to writing?
- Lesson 8: Ways to publish and/or publically share written work
- Lesson 9: Relax, have fun, and "go with the flow" in the writing process
- Lesson 10: Importance of rereading
- Lesson 11: Importance of revising
- Lesson 12: Importance of proofreading
- Lesson 13: How to deal with writer's block
- Lesson 14: Brainstorming, new ways to think about writing
- Lesson 15: Reflecting and continuing on as writer's for life
Please be aware that these lessons incorporate two books by Ralph Fletcher (listed below) which are read aloud to the class.
Fletcher, R. (1996). A writer’s notebook: Unlocking the writer within you. New York,, NY: HarperTrophy.
Fletcher, R. (2000). How writers work: Finding a process that works for you. New York,, NY: HarperTrophy.
(Note: You might want to consider getting the 6+ week independent reading unit lesson plans and the 15 week poetry workshop unit lesson plans to complement the writer's workshop separately or as one document for a reduced price.)