Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Writer's Workshop & Planning Guide

There have been many posts out there about the book No More I'm Done  by Jennifer Jacobson.  I heart this book.  I've used it now for 2 years?  Maybe 1 1/2? I can't remember.  I know I had it last summer and read it and used it with my second graders.   It's on my summer reading list again this year. All I know is that it's a wonderful resource for workshop lessons on how to build independent writers (even in kindergarten) and how to incorporate the writing traits into your workshop.  I wish I could remember who (I'm so sorry, my mind is slowing relaxing as it is now the first day of summer)  but someone posted on their blog that you can preview the book online here (if this was you let me know so I can credit you, and THANKS!)

When I first read the book I made myself a planning guide with all the lesson listed and the grade level they would be appropriate for, plus a learning goal and a focus question, which I use in every workshop focus or mini lesson.  The focus questions help guide student reflection and discourse at the end of the workshop.  I've been using writer's workshop for 5 years now and I can't imagine teaching writing a different way.  I began with Calkins (the WW guru) and them moved onto the Ralph Fletcher.  Then I discovered Jennifer Jacobson.


Here is the planning guide I first created.  It's pretty raw.  I think I may touch it up this summer and add what anchor charts I could use, but it gives you a strong idea of what type of lessons Jennifer has written in her book.

A Year of Mini Lesson for Growing Writers

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Ashley said...

Oh this is great! We are starting writer's worshop this year in our school district. I think by reading and stalking all of these great blogs I kinda have an idea of what and how to teach it, but these books are great resources! Thank you!!

lizf38 said...

Thank you SO MUCH for posting this planning guide. I am currently reading Jennifer Jacobson's book and enjoying every minute of it--it is so easy to read! This will definitely help me next year.

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