Writer's Workshop

Writing Mini Lessons For Primary Grades

My beliefs about writing, stem from the books that I have read about emergent writers.  Visit the F.A.Q. section of my web site for answers to common questions that I have received about my approach to Writer's Workshop.  The lessons on this page reflect the lessons that I've used with Kindergarteners and First Graders.  They are presented in no particular order.  If you wish to see the progression of minilessons from last year (2008-2009), check out my Planning Guides page.  Each year is different, and I change things up based on student needs.  Therefore, the order of lessons is not what counts, but rather if I am I delivering lessons my students need, prompting them to grow as writers.

The Units:

Frontloading

Writing Forms

Writing Process

Writing Traits

Writing Genres


Notebooks/Journals

Detailed Illustrations

Prewriting

Ideas

Pattern Books

Tools Writers Use

Labeling

Drafting

Conventions

Q & A Books

Establishing Routines

List Making

Revising

Word Choice

Personal Narratives

Authors & Illustrators

Letter Writing

Editing

Organization

Fiction
 
Postcard Writing

Conferring

Sentence Fluency

Nonfiction
 
Card Making

Publishing

Voice

Poetry
   
Sharing/Presenting
   

The Resources:

Frontloading
"Just WRITE" Expectations T-Chart and Timer
Workshop Anchor Chart Sign for Routines/Expectations
Workshop Timeline and Expectations
Writing Conferences (student groups grid)
Your Notebook/Journal
Writers "To Do" Checklist - Full Sheet
Writers "To Do" Checklist - Half Sheet
  Left Handed or Right Handed?
  Voice Level Anchor Chart Pictures (07/08 & 08/09)
Writing Forms
Letter Writing: Santa Letter SMART Board Notebook
Letter Writing: Santa Letter Anchor Chart Pictures (2009-2010)

Letter Writing: Santa Letter Anchor Chart Pictures (2010-2011)
Writing Process
Writing Process: Pictures/Images/ClipArt/Titles - 8 1/2 by 14
Writing Process: Images
Writing Process: Wall Chart Captions
Writing Process: Anchor Chart Pictures
Writing Process: Kim Pierre's 2nd Grade Status of the Class
Prewriting: Topics to Write About
Prewriting: Story Map Brainstorming Sheets
  Editing: Editing Pencil Color Images for LARGE Wall Anchor Chart 
  Editing: Editing Pencil Empty Pencil  
   Editing: Editing Pencil Student Editing Pencils (Versions 1, 2, 3, and 4)
    Editing: Editing Pencil Student Pencils (Version 5) 
  Editing: Editing Pencil Student Pencil Icons
Editing: Lesson Picture
Writing Traits
TRAITS Poster Anchor Chart
Ideas: Topics to Write About Anchor Chart Pictures
Ideas: Topics to Write About Labels
Ideas: Topics to Write About Title
Ideas: Topics and Details At-Home Brainstorming Sheet
Ideas: "Ideas List" for Individual Students created by Tammy Sanders
Ideas: Narrowing the Topic and Finding Details ABC Chart
  Ideas: High Interest Theme Word Sheets
Ideas: Labeling
    Ideas: Storytelling Glove (5ws)
    Ideas: Storytelling Glove (story elements-large)
  Ideas: Storytelling Glove (story elements-small)
  Conventions: What are Conventions?
  Conventions: Capitalization Sentence Sort
Conventions: Common and Proper Nouns
Conventions: Missing Punctuation
Conventions: Roll An End Mark
Conventions: Barb's Spelling Strategy Posters 
Organization: Storyboard Sequencing Image 
Word Choice: More Description Please!
  Word Choice: Five Senses SMART Board Notebook 
Word Choice: Lesson Pictures from 2008-2009
Word Choice: Onomatopoeia Sound Recording Sheet
Sentence Fluency: Roll a Sentence
Voice: Hat Homework Announcement
  Voice: Faces of Voice Poster available at Kristine Smeken's Six Traits Site

Writing Genres
Personal Narrative Unit: Definition Sheet for Anchor Chart Wall Display
Personal Narrative Unit: Wall Anchor Chart Pictures
Personal Narrative Unit: Book Covers
Personal Narrative Unit: Possible Stories We Can Write Chart (1 and 2)
Personal Narrative Unit: Topic Titles for Mentor Texts
  Nonfiction Unit: Community Helper Research Report Flip/Flap Book
  Nonfiction Unit: Ocean Life Research Report Flip/Flap Book
  Nonfiction Unit: Insects Research Report Flip/Flap Book
  Nonfiction Unit: Big Cats Research Report Flip/Flap Book
  Nonfiction Unit: Birds Research Report Flip/Flap Book
Pattern Stories Unit: Wall Anchor Chart Picture (07/08 & 08/09)
Pattern Stories Unit: Titles for Wall Chart
Pattern Stories Unit: Titles of Pattern Book Types for Wall Chart
Pattern Stories Unit: Teacher List of Mentor Text Possibilities
Pattern Stories Unit: Book Covers for Anchor Chart 
Q&A Unit: Wall Anchor Chart Picture (07/08)
     Q&A Unit: Titles for Anchor Chart
  Q&A Unit: Teacher List of Mentor Text Possibilities
  Q&A Unit: Book Covers for Anchor Chart 
Professional Development
Developmental Stages of Writing Printable 
Professional Books about Writing 
Writing to Read 2007 - A Nellie Edge Resource
Writing to Read 2008 - A Nellie Edge Resource
Printable Paper
Writing Paper - by ?
Weekend News
Daily News
Field Trip News
   How to Build a Snowperson 
Assorted News Templates
Pattern Story Paper 1
Pattern Story Paper 2
Pattern Story Paper 3
   Pattern Story Paper Images for Drawer Labels
Simple Story Paper
Writing Paper Drawer Cards/Labels (8163/8371)
  Speech Bubble Paper 
Volunteer Writing Mentors
Wanted Poster: "Writer's Workshop" Volunteer [sample]
Wanted Poster: "Writer's Workshop" Volunteer [blank]
Meacham's Kidwriting Parent Helper Guide for Kindergarten
Mentor Text Book Lists
Book List from the Mini Lessons on this Site
Assessment
Writing Checklist Labels 
Writing Observation Sheet - Weekly
  Writing Vocabulary Record - Weekly 
Ideas Student Rubric by Tammy Sanders
Conventions Student Rubric by Tammy Sanders
Word Choice Student Rubric by Tammy Sanders
Sentence Fluency Student Rubric by Tammy Sanders
Organization Student Rubric by Tammy Sanders
Voice Student Rubric by Tammy Sanders
Meacham's TEACHER Writing Rubric (Ideas/Conventions)
  Meacham's Wall Anchor Chart Rubrics Created with Students
Meacham's At-A-Glance TEACHER Quarter Rubrics
Meacham's STUDENT Quarter Rubrics
Meacham's STUDENT Quarter Rubrics for "Meets Expectations"
Today's Writing = Report Card Grade
Best 5 Stories for End of Quarter Report Card Grades Checklist
  Six Traits Prompt - Woods Walk  
How Many Sentences Did I Write Today?
Intervention
3-Step Goal For Students with Attention/Focusing Challenges
Writing Visual For Students with Attention/Focusing Challenges
Prompted Writing
  Prompted/Project Writing - Rainbow Blizzard 
   Prompted/Project Writing - Rainbow Blizzard (Prewriting Sheet) 
  Story Starters Writing Prompts 
  Pictures for Prompted Writing 
Assorted Mini Lesson Files 
  Assorted Mini Lesson Files (modeled and shared writing)