We call our writing workshop time 'Writers at Work'!
It is a combination of approaches (between Kid Writing by Feldgus and Cardonick and the journal writing in The Teacher's Guide to Building Blocks by Hall and Williams).
1) Model for students
2) Student Writing
3) Once finished, students look at books in the book basket at their table, reread their previous entries, or share their writing with an adult or other child at their table.
4) Clean up
To signal time to clean up (meaning put pencils away, push in chairs, and bring their writing notebooks to the carpet), we will sing our writing song...
You sing it like a rap.
We're kinder kids and we can write.
(Diane Mitton, a kindergarten teacher in New Brunswick tweaked the above words and made the song better fit her classroom. She shares below... I love the new rap. Thanks Diane!)
5) Pair Share
As students come to the carpet, they will have the opportunity to share their writing with a partner. After students have shared, notebooks are put away in the designated location. This is so students will be less distracted as they listen and participate in the sharing of other students' writing as part of our Author's Chair.
6) Author's Chair
One student gets to orally share their writing entry with the entire class.
The student in the author's chair then gets to ask three students to either ask a question about their entry or to share a comment on what they thought about their writing. (focusing on meaning and content)
We always make sure to praise the author's original writing and ask how they figured out certain letters or words! (focusing on writing elements)
We can focus on....