- Introduction to the workshop
Let's get started! - Handout
- Phase #1 - Writing Topics
Write What You Know & Remember
Create Memories Picture Collage & write for different purposes
- Phase #2 - Setting Expectations
Meet for daily instruction & define "workshop"
Outline Sharing Time/ Author's Chair
Establish Turn & Talk and Timed Mingle expectations
Update yearlong calendar
Establish Writing Time expectations
Establish Help! Tent expectations
Update yearlong calendar
Hold teacher-writer meetings
- Phase #2 - Creating Notebooks
Introduce the Writer's Notebook
Establish notebook procedures
- Phase #2 - Motivating Writers
Initiate a "Done" List
Make space to revise
- Phase #2 - Developing Spelling
Establish spelling procedures
- Phase #3 - Introducing the 6 Traits
Establish the 6 Traits
Categorize the 6 Traits
Connect 6 Traits to standards
Introduce 6 Traits to students
Conduct a 6-Traits introduction
Utilize 6-Traits songs
Build a yearlong visual display
- Phase #4 - Building Rubrics
Build a sentence-writing rubric
- Conclusion - Wrap-up
Launching the Writer's Workshop: Grades K-2
Many teachers have confessed that they struggle to get their writer's workshop off the ground. What should I do the first weeks of school? What are key lessons to jump-start my writing curriculum? How fast or slow should I move? Regardless of the writing model you're currently using, this online workshop provides participants with a powerful framework of lessons that can help launch their writing year. Throughout the workshop, teachers will have the opportunity to plot and plan their own instructional calendar for teaching writing during the first six weeks of school. At the end of the workshop, teachers will be ready to launch their writer's workshop with their personalized blueprints in hand!
- Understand the four phases of the workshop launch.
- Learn classroom-tested routines and procedures to establish the writing environment.
- Set the tone that writing occurs daily.
- Receive organizational ideas for writers' notebooks.
- Learn day-by-day strategies to introduce the 6 Traits of Writing so teachers and students are using a common language.
- Balance free-choice writing topics with teacher-assigned topics.
- Receive ready-to-go lessons with supporting resources, activity pages, and authentic student writing samples.
When you complete the workshop, you'll be able to:
- Kick off the school year with a 20-day "game plan" for teaching writing.
- Establish routines to effectively manage a writer's workshop.
- Address common writer dependencies with procedural mini-lessons.
- Implement a writer's notebook in the classroom.
- Lead efficient and effective writing conferences with students.
- Develop a classroom writing rubric that students can use and understand.
- Transition from procedural lessons into the first writing unit.
Top questions teachers ask about launching writing:
- Which workshop procedures are essential for effective classroom management?
- What physical spaces and places should I have within my classroom environment?
- How do I motivate my writers to use class time productively?
- How do I help my students develop more interesting writing topics?
- How can I motivate students to go beyond "fixing their mistakes" during revision?
- What are some proven methods for introducing students to the 6 Traits of Writing?
- How do I effectively organize my students' writings in notebooks, binders, or folders?
Kristina Smekens provides the answers to these questions and many more!
What teachers say about this workshop
“I feel confident to launch the Writer’s Workshop tomorrow! This is one of the best workshops I have ever been to! Kristina did a fabulous job presenting all the information in a short period of time. This is hands down the best writing curriculum I’ve sampled, and I cannot wait to implement it in my classroom this upcoming school year.” Michelle Keen, teacher at Sacred Heart Schools, Chicago, IL
“What a blessing! I am so motivated! I will be able to set up and carry out a cohesive writing program.” Suzanne Jarvis, teacher at St. Patrick School, Wadsworth, IL
“My writing curriculum just got the boost it needed to be effective!” Nicole Glacinskie, teacher at Jefferson Park Elementary School, El Paso, IL
“I felt lost teaching writing. I have directions now.” Holly Tilford, teacher at Joan Martin Elementary School, Hobart, IN
“Always inspiring! It never fails — I always come away with fresh ideas and the resources to put the ideas into action!” Samantha Walterman, master teacher at Winchester Village Elementary School, Indianapolis, IN
“Everything presented has been applicable to my kindergarten classroom, and I can already feel my confidence as a writing teacher growing! It makes so much sense!” Meredith Wolff, teacher at Camden Primary School, Camden, OH
Frequently Asked Questions
When does the workshop start and finish?
The workshop can begin at any time.
How long do I have access to the workshop?
After enrollment, you have access to the content for 30 days. You determine how fast or slow you want to progress through the workshop during this time.
Can I share my workshop with colleagues?
Can I get continuing education credits?
Most likely! With prior approval from your school district, participants may receive credit for up to 5 hours of professional development for each workshop. A certificate of completion is available when you select the "Verified View." No certificate is awarded when you select the "Flexible View." For possible Illinois-approved credit, please contact our office.
Can I earn graduate-level credit?
Thanks to a partnership with the University of the Pacific, educators who complete a webAcademy workshop are eligible to pursue one, two, or three nationally-accredited graduate-level semester credits. To earn graduate-level credit, participants must select the "Verified View" enrollment option. The cost of graduate-level credit ($62 per credit) is separate from the cost of the online workshop.
Graduate-level credits offered through the University of the Pacific are non-degree credits which are designed for professional certification renewals and salary step increases. (These are post-baccalaureate professional development semester units of non-degree graduate-level credit and are not applicable to a degree at University of the Pacific.) For details, please contact email@example.com or call (888) 376-0448.
What if I am unhappy with the workshop?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are not satisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 10 days, and we will give you a full refund.