The Teacher's Tool Kit For Literacy

Modelling Effectively in the Writing Workshop

Episode Summary

Literacy expert Sharon Callen explores high impact instructional strategies that teachers can draw on to model the writing process.

Episode Notes

Many teachers want to improve student writing but feel like they're drawing on the same routines to teach - what’s the text type, what’s the structure, where’s the planning template, what’s the topic and where’s the link to the curriculum (trying to find purpose and audience), how do I fit it into a 5-6 weeks ... the challenges go on.

It can be hard to move on from here without having a toolkit of instructional strategies. 

So in this episode, Sharon  explores high impact instructional strategies that can be drawn on to model the writing process - to enable  students to see writing in action and for teachers to better understand what we are asking our writers to do.

This is the active teaching we do in a writing workshop mini lesson and throughout the workshop to move from showing to independent practice, and how we engage our students in the practice of thinking, exploring and experimenting before they move to their own writing.

It is important for teachers to be clear about what they are modelling and teaching. 

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High Impact Instructional Strategies for Writing: Use this wonderful resource to work out how you are going to craft your Mini Lessons in writing. Know the precise purposes of each instructional strategy, when to use it and what tools will support you.

Good Reader Posters: Every Child, Every Day - A simple set of posters to remind learners of the strong and positive actions they can take to grow as readers.Anchoring the behaviours we are teaching our students to take is a positive way to remind and motivate students to be in charge of what they can do to grow.


Craft Lessons - Teaching Writing K-8 by Ralph Fletcher and JoAnn Portalupi

Marvelous MiniLessons for Teaching Intermediate Writing by Lori Jameson Rog


Marvelous MiniLessons for Teaching NonFiction Writing K-3 by Lori Jameson Rog


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