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The Writing Workshop: A Predictable Structure


Marvelous Minilessons for Teaching Intermediate Writing, Grades 4–6

Lori Jamison Rog

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The ebbs and flows of the writing process are challenging enough for an individual writer. But how do we manage this apparent anarchy in a classroom? The writing workshop is an organizational structure that allows students to operate at different stages of the writing process at any given time. The teacher's job is to assess, confer, and provide explicit instruction to support and extend the reach of his or her young writers. Chapter 1, "Minilessons and the Writing Workshop," provides an overview of the writing workshop and the powerful six-traits framework. It offers suggestions for organizing and managing the writing program at the intermediate level, and helping students develop independence as writers. Guidelines for the effective preparation and delivery of minilessons are also provided.

Rog, L. (2011). The Writing Workshop: A Predictable Structure. In Marvelous Minilessons for Teaching Intermediate Writing, Grades 4–6 (pp. 1-16). Newark, DE: International Reading Association.

Marvelous Minilessons for Teaching Intermediate Writing, Grades 4-6

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