Launching Writer’s Workshop • Dana Cansian • July 16, 2014 • KUWP 2014
Writer’s Workshop • Created by Nancy Atwell • The workshop is designed to create a safe environment allowing students to gain self esteem by writing about topics that have a connection to his/her life. • Student Centered • Can work in multiple disciplines 2
Now, the tough part • Do not leave the list for the students to read. You must explain every item on your list, one by one. • You must honestly explain all of your topics. These topics can include but are not limited to: dreams, heartbreaks, losses, achievements, favorite items, bad and good memories, favorite pieces of literature, goals, funny stories, aspirations, etc. • After you have shared your list ask the students to share. • Remind students to add to his/her list if they hear a good idea. 7
HACK THE HEART • Don’t forget about your tactile learners in the classroom. • Make the heart interactive using the computer • Use arts and crafts materials to make the heart “jump” off the paper. • Get creative and get hacking.
Sources • Atwell, Nancy. (2002). Lessons That Change Writers: Firsthand/Heinemann. • Atwell, Nancy. (1998). In the Middle: Boynton/Cook; 2 Sub edition. • Fletcher, Ralph. (2001). Writing Workshop: The Essential Guide: Heinemann. 15