Writing Workshop, The

  • Title:Writing Workshop, The: Working Through the Hard Parts (And They're All Hard Parts)
  • Author:Katie Wood-Ray, Lester L. Laminack
  • Publication Date:2001
  • Grade Level:3-8
  • ISBN:9780814113172
  • Publisher:NCTE

In The Writing Workshop, Katie Wood Ray offers a practical, comprehensive, and illuminating guide to support both new and experienced teachers. While every aspect of writing workshop is geared to support children learning to write, this kind of teaching is often challenging because what writers really do is engage in a complex, multi-layered, slippery process to produce texts. The book confronts the challenge of this teaching head-on, with chapters on all aspects of the writing workshop, including:

  • day-to-day instruction (e.g., lesson planning, conferring, assessment and evaluation, share time, focus lessons, and independent writing)
  • classroom management (e.g., pacing and scheduling, managing the predictable distractions, and understanding the slightly out-of-hand feeling of the workshop)
  • intangibles (e.g., the development of writing identities and the tone of workshop teaching)

The Writing Workshop is a book about being articulate—being able to think through what we are doing as we are doing it so that we can improve our practice. It's a book to go back to when things are getting hard. A book that helps us think through, "Now why was I doing this?" Woven between the chapters on teaching are the voices of published writers, followed by short commentaries from Lester L. Laminack. These voices remind us how writers do what they do, thus lending authenticity to what Katie Wood Ray shows us in the classroom, and thoughtfully helping us frame our instruction to match the complex process of writing.

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Author Bio

Lester L. Laminack is Professor Emeritus at Western Carolina University, a full-time writer, s consultant working with schools throughout the United States and abroad. He is an active member of the National Council of Teachers of English and a former member of the Whole Language Umbrella Governing Board, the Governing Board and Secretary of the North Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children, and the Board of Directors for the Center for the Expansion of Language and Thinking.

Katie Wood Ray is the author of Already Ready, Study Driven, About the Authors and its DVD companion The Teaching Behind ABOUT THE AUTHORS, The Writing Workshop: Working Through the Hard Parts (And They're All Hard Parts), and Wondrous Words. A former Associate Professor at Western Carolina University Katie is now a full time writer and researcher of the teaching of writing. With a particular focus on the study of writing craft, she leads teacher workshops and summer institutes across the nation related to the teaching of writing. Her professional background includes both elementary and middle school teaching experience and two years as a staff developer at The Reading and Writing Project, Teachers College, Columbia University.

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