Writing Workshop Architecture Assessment Mentor Texts and Charts Sample Lessons
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Sample Lessons
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The Architecture of Writing Workshop

“The writing workshop does not place the teacher under the bright lights on center stage. Rather, the teacher sets up the structure, allows students plenty of choice, and gets them writing. You work off the energy students create.” -Ralph Fletcher and JoAnn Portalupi

The video clips in this section show the architecture of each component of writing workshop. They were filmed in Kindergarten, first, and second grade classrooms 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 questions and possible responses linked to each segment.