Writing Workshop Architecture Assessment Mentor Texts and Charts Sample Lessons
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Sample Lessons
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The mid-workshop teaching point (MWTP) occurs about halfway through students’ writing time. After students have written for about 15-20 minutes their energy may start to wane. This brief (1-2 minute) interruption by the teacher will help to reenergize the students and encourage them to work diligently for the rest of the workshop (building stamina). The teacher may use this time to share an observation from her conferences, address a problem or misconception she has observed within the group, or make a child a “star” by sharing his or her writing (the most commonly used).
The videos in this module show examples of some mid-workshop teaching points. Each was filmed in a classroom in South Carolina. We invite you to watch the videos with colleagues and reflect on your own teaching. Before watching each clip, you may want to read and consider the guiding question and possible responses.

See Sample Lessons by Component for video clips of each component of the architecture of a workshop.