Writing Clubs

  • Title:Writing Clubs: Fostering Choice, Collaboration, and Community in the Writing Classroom
  • Author:Lisa Eickholdt, Patty Vitale-Reilly
  • Publication Date:December 2021
  • Grade Level:3-6
  • ISBN:9781625313232
  • Publisher:Stenhouse Publishers

Ask teachers about their biggest challenges in elementary and middle school, and many will cite the teaching of writing. It is often difficult for students find the joy, discovery, and satisfaction writing can yield. Published programs abound, focusing on the study of genres, and students learn to emulate professional writers. What Lisa Eickholdt and Patricia Vitale-Reilly have found is that adherence to genre studies can get in the way of student collaboration. Believing writing instruction should be more authentic, they offer students more choice, develop better collaboration, and sustain a sense of community, all through the implementation of writing clubs.

Writing clubs offer opportunities to

  • collaborate throughout the process of writing,
  • choose not only what to write but how to write it,
  • examine mentor texts and study craft techniques across genres,
  • develop speaking and listening skills, and
  • celebrate classmates’ accomplishments through publication.

Collaboration is widely recognized as a vital life skill. Lisa and Patty present a plethora of ideas on how gratifying it can be right now, as well as in the future. There’s an old proverb that says, ‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go with others.’ In Writing Clubs, we discover that there is no limit to how far young writers can go when teachers show them what it means to collaborate.

 

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