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  1. Mrs. Sullivan-Smith7thgrade English

  2. READING & WRITING ARE INTERTWINED READING: In class novels, short stories, plays, non-fiction material, student work, independent reading (assigned & self-selected) WRITING: Narrative, Persuasive, Expository, Informational (assigned & self-selected topics)

  3. What is Writing Workshop? • Writing Workshop is time in class and at home for students to work on assigned and self-selected writing projects. • The workshop model I use is the one described by Nancie Atwell in her book In the Middle (1998). • The key elements of workshop are time and choice.

  4. Why use Writing Workshop? • Students write—and their writing improves • Writing time is scheduled and required • It is naturally differentiated • It’s a fabulous way to enforce revision • Students are acting like real writers in a community of writers - “speaking the lingo” • Students are supported by peers & teachers - they feel comfortable taking risks

  5. What students do in class… • Plan, research, draft, type, revise, edit, make final copies • Take notes on the mini-lessons in their binders • Add new rules to their editing lists • Sign up for teacher conferences • Confer with the teacher • Meet in peer conferences • Explore & follow up on contests/ publication opportunities* • Work on all writing for the class— • both assigned and self-selected

  6. What students do outside of class… • Write (workshop or assigned): Plan, research, draft, type, revise, edit, make final copies • Work on assigned and/ or workshop pieces

  7. DEEP Revision To see again/ to see with new eyes • Students MUST SHOW EVIDENCE OF REVISION throughout the writing process based on peer and teacher suggestions • Often, revising while typing is a viable option

  8. Editing- individualized • Students use their personal editing list and an editing checksheet to edit their own papers & peers’ • Students use pen (red/blue/purple) for editing • Teacher edits pieces (2nd drafts) and includes new, individualized editing rules for each student • Highlight FIRST WORD of every sentence to check for variation of sentence beginnings • Read paper from BOTTOM to TOP

  9. TYPING • Typing is required for 2nd Drafts & Final Copies • In case of technological malfunction, many OPTIONS are available: • E-mail it to Mrs. S. • Save it on a flash drive, bring it to school & print in school • Type IN school – during resource, during lunch, before school, after school • LAST RESORT – the old-fashioned method! NEATLY HANDWRITE, skip every other line

  10. A typical lesson • Literature/ Reading: Poem discussion, lit circle meeting, whole class reading/ discussion, quiz, library visit (15-30 min.) • Mini-lesson (5-30 min.) • State-of-the-Class conference (5 min.) • Writing Workshop or Reading Workshop (30 min.) • Curriculum work: Vocab, Word Study, Spelling, Lit Terms, Editing Lessons, etc. (0-30 min.)

  11. First Quarter • Introduction to the Writing Workshop: Expectations and Procedures • Introduction to the Reading Workshop • Basic Writing Principles • Friendly Letter • Sensory Language/Figurative Language • Literary Elements • Free Verse Poetry • Memoir* • Suspense story

  12. Second quarter • Introduction to Book Club/Literature Circles • Research* • Mythology • Novel study • Ongoing Writing & Reading Workshop

  13. Third Quarter • Persuasive writing*/ essays • Vocabulary (Greek & Latin Word Elements) • Ongoing Writing & Reading Workshop • Drama – Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing • SOL Review

  14. Fourth Quarter • Ongoing Writing & Reading Workshop • Poetry • Literary Analysis* • Focus on character development & theme • SOL Review • Novel study

  15. 8th grade WRITING and READING SOL TESTS MARCH: WRITING SOL • Short Paper portion • Multiple Choice portion MAY: READING SOL

  16. WRITING FOCUS AREAS(from the SOL Writing Rubric)8th grade – SOL Writing Test COMPOSING • Organization – a central idea, elaboration, unity, transitions WRITTEN EXPRESSION • Make it memorable! Specific Word Choice/Precise Vocabulary, Figurative Language, Tone and Voice, Varied Sentence Structure USAGE/MECHANICS • Grammar, punctuation, capitalization, spelling

  17. PLEASE SUPPORT & ENCOURAGE READING & WRITING AT HOME • Fill your house with diverse types of reading material, providing kids an assortment of fiction & non-fiction • Talk about what you are reading & ask kids higher-level questions about what they are reading • Discuss writing techniques of published writers • Provide encouragement & offer constructive feedback on your child’s writing

  18. I’M HERE TO HELP FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME ANYTIME