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Writer's Workshop for the Common Core

A Step-by-Step Guide, 1st Edition

By Warren Combs


208 pages

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Writing instruction expert Warren Combs presents a step-by-step plan for teaching writing workshops that are aligned to the Common Core State Standards. The book is filled with practical mini-lessons, strategies, and tools for every stage of the writing process, from prewriting through publication. Scripting is provided, to show teachers how to model each strategy for students. In addition, Dr. Combs shows how teachers can use the following elements:

  • The concepts Voice, Pictures, and Flow, to help students understand the essential elements of writing
  • The words Invite, Model, Write, Look, and Learn, to model effective writing for students and have them learn from your example
  • Revision strategies such as Jot and Blend, Combining Sentences, Writing Leads, and Writing Closes
  • Peer revision using Peer-Assisted Learning Systems (PALS)
  • Student self-assessment rubrics

The book also includes scoring guides and pacing guides, to help teachers implement writing workshops more easily. As Dr. Combs demonstrates, you can give workshops more structure while still making writing come alive for your students.

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Chapter 1 The Need for a Writer's Workshop to Work with Ease

Chapter 2 Common Core and Research Behind the Writing Cycle

Chapter 3 A First Look at the Writing Cycle

Chapter 4 Kindling Innate Abilities

Chapter 5 The Difference the Writing Cycle Makes

Chapter 6 Respond to a Writing Topic Prompt with Me

Chapter 7 Prewrite with Me

Chapter 8 Write First Drafts with Me

Chapter 9 Revise Words and Phrases with Me

Chapter 10 Fine-Tune Leads and Closes with Me

Chapter 11 Combine Sentences with Me

Chapter 12 Proofread a Final Draft with Me

Chapter 13 Score a Final Draft with Me

Chapter 14 Write an Unassisted Writing Sample with Me

Chapter 15 Publish a Final Draft with Me


Appendix A

Appendix B


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