How to Engage K- 2 Writers

How to Engage K- 2 Writers



welcome to our second sneak peek video from our upcoming online course teaching every writer our full online course is coming October of 2019 in the meantime Anna and I are excited to share this free 12-week series with you which is going to give you loads of helpful information and free printables to learn more please visit our blogs and get on our email list so you don't miss a thing last time Anna talked about the things that k2 writers need to learn during writing time today is video number two in the series how do you keep k2 writers engaged now if you've taught writing any amount of time you're sure to have heard a learner say I hate writing oh they may not have used those exact words it may have sounded more like oh do we have to write today but essentially it means this stop I'm not interested I'd rather scrub toilets than write so how do we do it how exactly do we engage our young writers the answer I've found as a classroom teacher and as a home schooler is using the writing workshop approach well what exactly is writing workshop writing workshop is divided into three parts the first thing that happens is a mini lesson this is where you model what good writers do you might model basic skills like putting space in between words or even more complex skills like when you're revising your work adding those specific nouns if you aren't sure how to do this part our online course will give you plenty of resources the next part is independent writing during independent writing learners take time to work on their creations they learn the art of brainstorming drafting revising and editing this is the craft of writing Writers Workshop always ends with the sharing time this is where young writers not only share their work with others but they learn from each other as writers – I always love sharing time and so do your young writers all together writing workshop takes up a good chunk of the day but it's well worth it the beautiful thing about the writing workshop approach is that our young writers are given choice and they can clearly see the purpose of writing these two pillars of writing workshop are the recipe for engagement let's explore choice first choice provides opportunities for young writers to take ownership of their own work and independence in making decisions when we provide children the opportunities to make their own choices we are treating them with respect as writers this all adds up to high motivation and engagement for example in traditional writing instruction teachers are usually the ones that decide what learners will or won't write about and they may use things like writing prompts journals copy work or dictation however in the writing workshop model students get to decide their topics what they will write about their topic which pieces they will publish and how they will publish them the second way that writing workshop engages writers is that it provides a purpose for writing writing workshop is authentic learners can see the meaning and significance they make as a writer they have something to share with the world they have a voice this makes writing relevant to them and those around them ultimately when writers see the purpose in writing motivation and engagement follows suit as you can see in traditional writing instruction writing typically does not have an audience beyond the teacher students write for a benchmark or to answer questions for the teacher writing is typically not shared with others very often if ever in the writing workshop model writers learn early on that their writing will have an audience this drives their purpose in writing they will have a reader and that reader needs to understand their important message sharing happens on a regular basis and teachers teach writers different units of study which helps our young writers see that writing has many purposes now if you're thinking right now that engaging your run young writers sounds a lot like running a circus we have to admit you're kind of right there are a lot of moving parts when you provide choice and purpose in her book the art of teaching riding luciecox hits the nail on the head when she says that we shouldn't shy away from difficult we should shy away from meaningless because meaningful writing is how we engage our young writers now don't fret about the circus part whether you teach k2 writers in the classroom or at home you will become a pro at writing workshop through our upcoming online course teaching every writer in this video we took a brief look at how writing workshop can be used to engage our young writers if you'd like to have all this information in a free printed format it's available to you we hope you enjoyed the sneak peek of teaching every writer remember to download your free chart at the end of this post and we'll see you in October

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