A Teacher's Guide to Writing Workshop Essentials: Time, Choice, Response: The Classroom Essentials Series
Katherine Bomer, Corinne Arens
(Heinemann, March 24, 2020)
*How can I get started with writing workshop, or refine my workshop? *What are the essential elements of a writing workshop? *How can I create daily structures and routines that support writers? In this foundational guide, Katherine Bomer and Corinne Arens describe the elegant simplicity of a Writing Workshop focused on just three essentials-time, choice, and response. Based on the research-based belief that children learn to write best when we provide a predictable, daily structure for writing, Katherine and Corinne introduce teachers to the rituals and routines of writing workshop and suggest ways to take small, incremental steps toward implementing them. Shared from the viewpoint of two veteran educators who understand the issues and obstacles teachers face day to day, A Teacher's Guide to Writing Workshop Essentials also serves as a refresher for experienced workshop teachers looking for a chance to refocus, clarify, and extend the work in their practice. If your teaching has become more complicated and more focused on curriculum than on the writers sitting in front of you, if you're not sure what your students really need to support them as writers, or if you're just not sure how to get started with Writing Workshop, this guide is for you.