Writing Workshop: The Essential Guide

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Is the writing workshop the only way to teach writing? No. There are a variety of approaches or programs, but none of them matches the writing workshop when it comes to growing strong writers. That's why, despite the pressures of testing, the writing workshop has endured and even flourished in thousands of schools across the country.
Today we face a time when as many as ten million new teachers are entering the profession. It is for these teachers, and others who are unfamiliar with writing workshop, that Ralph Fletcher and JoAnn Portalupi wrote this book – as a way to introduce and explain the writing workshop . . . to reveal what a potent tool the writing workshop can be for empowering young writers.
Above all Writing Workshop is a practical book, providing everything a teacher needs to get the writing workshop up and running. In clear language, Fletcher and Portalupi explain the simple principles that underlie the writing workshop and explore the major components that make it work. Each chapter addresses an essential element, then suggests five or six specific things a teacher can do to implement the idea under discussion. There's also a separate chapter entitled "What About Skills," which shows how to effectively teach skills in the context of writing. The book closes with practical forms in the appendixes to ensure that the workshop runs smoothly.
Fletcher and Portalupi's twenty-plus years working with teachers have convinced them that there is no better way to teach writing. This important book is the culmination of all their years of effort, a synthesis of their best thinking on the subject.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 – 13 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten – 8
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Heinemann; 1 edition (September 14, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0325003629
  • ISBN-13: 978-0325003627
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces

Customer Reviews

Great introduction to writing workshop in elementary classrooms

One person found this helpful.
 on November 15, 2016
By Amazon Customer
Writing Workshop: The Essential Guide is a valuable resource for developing and maintaining a writing workshop in the classroom. This text is part of my writing methods class in my senior year of an elementary education undergraduate program. Writing Workshop provides exactly the information needed for teachers who are interested in making a writing workshop work in their classroom in a straightforward and easy to read manner. As someone who is planning to teacher either elementary school or middle school, the content in this book is extremely relevant. High school teachers may have less to gain from reading this book than elementary or middle school teachers because of the content and examples that Fletcher and Portalupi choose to include.

Writing Workshop is a well-organized and easy to understand book that informs educators about the implementation …

 on November 16, 2016
By Amazon Customer
Writing Workshop is a well-organized and easy to understand book that informs educators about the implementation and process involved in a writing workshop. Ralph Fletcher and JoAnn Portalupi lay out each step in the writing workshop process, including the foundational classroom principles necessary for a successful writing workshop. This book is definitely well suited for teachers in the K-8 classroom who have limited time for researching how to implement a writing workshop in their own classrooms. Ultimately, this book will be a quick read with very applicable suggestions for your own classroom.

All of Ralph Fletcher’s books are amazing, and this one is no exception

One person found this helpful.
 on December 8, 2016
By Brooke
All of Ralph Fletcher’s books are amazing, and this one is no exception. For those of you who need direction on how to start a writer’s workshop in your classroom this is the book for you. I was unsold on how effective implementing a writer’s workshop in my classroom would be, but after reading this book I am completely sold. I followed his suggestions and am seeing so much improvement in my second graders’ writing in just the few short weeks that I have been doing this. For anyone on the fence about this, this is the book that you need to read. It is a fairly quick and easy read and is written in a way that makes you feel as though the author is just sitting there conversing with you.

A Classic!

One person found this helpful.
 on October 5, 2014
By Jennifer Anne Hudak
What can I say about this book? If you teach writing, you need to own it. Fletcher’s style is very accessible and engaging, you feel like he’s sat down to talk writing with you over a cup of coffee. It is all well-researched and field-tested best practice, but also a pleasant read that will give you much to think about in how you structure your own writing workshop with any age group of children, or even working with adults–supporting and respecting your writers no matter where they may be developmentally.

Writing workshops are a teaching strategy that aren’t utilized as …

 on February 8, 2016
By Amazon Customer
Writing workshops are a teaching strategy that aren’t utilized as much as they can! This book outlines a lot of strategies and ideas of incorporating writing workshops into the students daily schedule. it also shows how to set this up in your own classroom, and be successful! A strategy you should incorporate into your routine!

Five Stars

 on January 24, 2017
By Amazon Customer
Terrific book for teaching writing workshop. Fletcher is the guru for effective writing instruction.

Great book for those writers interested in holding workshops

One person found this helpful.
 on August 18, 2013
By Arkansas Reviewer
This book was more than I expected it to be. Great ideas for writers who are just starting to market their books. Holding workshops for kids and for novice writers are wonderful ways to reach out into the community, as well as getting your name and your work recognized.

Helpful and Clear

One person found this helpful.
 on February 9, 2014
By kak
This text is an excellent, almost step by step guide to creating a Writer’s Workshop. It is clear, brief and to the point. It has excellent tips and is realistic about the effort that goes into forming this writing space.

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