What is Writer's Workshop?
In Great Valley, writing instruction occurs through the Writer's Workshop model. It is a framework that provides students with writing instruction and focused time to write.
Typically, writer's workshop will begin with a mini-lesson when the children are explicitly taught the skills and strategies of effective writing. Students then spend the majority of their time in the workshop writing (rehearsing an idea, drafting, revising, editing, or publishing) while the teacher works with individual students or small groups. At the end of the workshop, the teacher will usually gather the students together again to highlight an important concept or provide time for a few students to share their work.
Teachers use the Great Valley writer's workshop curriculum to guide their teaching. It is divided into units; each unit focuses on a particular type of writing.
Students are encouraged to live like a writer- always being conscious of events (big and small) that could be turned into stories. Encourage your child to jot (or sketch) ideas about funny, sad, new, or routine activities to serve as ideas for their writing!