Writer's Workshop block consists of three parts: a short mini lesson, independent writing time, and author's chair. During the mini lesson, I teach routines of Writer's Workshop, writer's craft lessons, 6-Traits lessons, and punctuation, grammar, and capitalization lessons. The 6-Traits + 1 of writing are the key areas that make up a strong piece of writing. The six writing traits include the following. In second grade, we really focus on the starred traits below:
After the mini lesson, students have time to write independently. During this time I monitor students' progress, conference with students, or have guided lessons for small groups.
Finally, Author's Chair is a time for students to share their pieces. The children love hearing feedback and getting suggestions from their classmates. Writer's Workshop enables students to have the power to write about their own topics at their own pace.