1st Edition

Welcome to Writing Workshop Engaging Today's Students with a Model That Works

By Lynne Dorfman, Stacey Shubitz Copyright 2019

    Stacey Shubitz and Lynne Dorfman welcome you to experience the writing workshop for the first time or in a new light with Welcome to Writing Workshop: Engaging Today's Students with a Model That Works. Through strategic routines, tips, resources, and short focused video clips, teachers can create the sights and sounds of a thriving writing workshop where:

    • Both students and teachers are working authors

    • Students spend most of their time writing—not just learning about it• Student choice is encouraged to help create engaged writers, not compliant ones

    • Students are part of the formative assessment process

    • Students will look forward to writing time—not dread it.

    From explanations of writing process and writing traits to small-group strategy lessons and mini-lessons, this book will provide the know-how to feel confident and comfortable in the teaching of writers.

    1. What is Writing Workshop?  2. The Write Environment  3. A Community of Writers  4. Classroom Management  5. Whole-Class Instruction  6. Independent Writing Time  7. Conferring  8. Small-Group Instruction  9. Share Sessions  10. Strategic Instruction in Grammar, Conventions, and Spelling


    Stacey Shubitz is an author, independent literacy consultant, and a graduate of The Literacy Specialist Program at Teachers College. She is the Chief of Operations and Lead Writer for Two Writing Teachers, a popular blog about the teaching of writing.

    Lynne Dorfman was a literacy coach for the Upper Moreland School District in Pennsylvania where she taught for 38 years. She serves the Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project as a codirector and is an adjunct professor at Arcadia University.

    Readers of Welcome to Writing Workshop will find themselves in sure hands. Stacey Shubitz and Lynne Dorfman know classrooms and young writers inside and out. The authors clearly explain the workshop, and how it differs from traditional teaching. The inclusion of short, punchy video clips makes this resource-friendly and enormously practical.”

    Ralph Fletcher, author of Joy Write: Cultivating High-Impact, Low-Stakes Writing

    “If you’re looking for ways to infuse new life into your writing workshop or a lifeline to get started, Welcome to Writing Workshop is for you. Stacey and Lynne share practical, quick, and doable ways to make the research-based writing process work in your classroom.”

    Jeff Anderson, author of Patterns of Power: Inviting Young Writers into the Conventions of Language, Grades 1-5

    “In a treasure chest of every imaginable detail, Stacey and Lynne show teachers, no matter where they are in this journey, how to transform writing workshop into the child-focused process it was always meant to be.”

    Mary Howard, Literacy Consultant and author of Good to Great Teaching