Writer's workshop is an approach to writing that is perfectly aligned with the principles of differentiation. During writer’s workshop, students write as often as possible for real purposes about things that matter to them.
THE WRITER'S WORKSHOP MODEL ENCOURAGES:
There are opportunities for teachers to work with the whole class, small groups and individuals.
Students may be at different places in the writing process at any given time.
Mini lessons can be differentiated to meet students’ writing needs.
There are options for using technology to support and/or extend learning.
Students make choices about:
the genre, style, materials, etc.
their purpose for writing
Students enjoy writing about things that interest them. They share their writing with others. Confidence and motivation are high.
Respect for the learner
All students are involved in an authentic context for writing.
Struggling students actually get to practice skills in the context of real writing, and create a finished product that makes them proud.
All students are working at their readiness level so frustration is minimized. Students are supported in demonstrating growth as writers.
be involved in developing criteria for writing
talk about how authors craft their texts
keep writer’s journals and try out different ideas for writing
reflect on their writing and set goals
keep portfolios with samples of writing that demonstrates growth over time