This paper presents a proposal on how to incorporate a writing workshop in the classroom.
The writing workshop must have a predictable structure, regular time and a workman-like atmosphere for writing. This implies that activities of a writer’s workshop should have a definite time schedule that is accompanied by a realistic list of expectations and outcomes (Trachsel, 2005). The schedule is analogous to a classroom or a lesson timetable. My writer’s workshop will have a program that is spread across five days and according to available tasks.
To achieve the objectives, the classroom will require having a special setup that facilitates the writing exercise. Firstly, we will need to label one of the corners of the classroom as the writing workshop. Students will then be required to arrange their chair and desk in a row formant in order to facilitate the exercise. Secondly, the WW will require books, which the student will use for the exercise. The book should contain relevant material for various genres, which include memoirs, fantasy, tales, and processes.
The mini lesson will require 5-15 minutes and it will be the first activity into the WW. Mini lessons utilize charts and papers, which are displayed for the students in the WW. The mini lesson will be essential for drafting of rules, result rubrics, convections and response rules for each of the groups. This will be followed by writing time, which will take about 20-30 minutes. Students are expected to remain silent during the writing period while teacher/ students conference will be in progress. The last session will be a conference session, which will offer students an opportunity to sign up for a writing conference session. The conference will provide students with an opportunity to get specific and immediate responses from the teacher. In addition, the conference will provide students with an opportunity to gauge the relevance of their questions and the appropriateness of the teacher’s responses.