Park Uses Writer's Workshop to Build Skills

Park Uses Writer's Workshop to Build Skills
Posted on 08/26/2019
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During “Writer’s Workshop” at our Park Magnet, an IB World School, kindergarten students are assigned daily writing prompts to help develop descriptive writing skills. Today in Mrs. Burton’s class they were asked to write about their favorite food. Each day, the prompt is changed to focus on fun, easy topics that usually relate to items 5-6 year olds have strong opinions about. During the first nine weeks, students are asked to draw pictures or create images to answer questions. As the year moves on, they will begin to include words, thoughts, short sentences, and then eventually sentences in their daily entries. 


The illustrations, and eventual words and sentences, created by each student to answer prompts provided are shared with the class. Students are required to share aloud workshop responses and reflect as a group about each presentation. Teachers also provide feedback about how students can make illustrations, examples, and writing more colorful, descriptive, or detailed. Reflection and feedback from teachers and students becomes more detailed as the year goes on - as student skills are further developed, and as classmates become more familiar with one another.


Students bring home their Writer’s Workshop assignments at the end of each month. Writer’s Workshop allows teachers and students to measure daily skills growth, and helps students to share with families their progress in writing, speaking, and self reflection. A complete Writer’s Workshop bundle at the end of each month will likely include an array of topics from favorite foods, to stories about friends, favorite memories, recess activities, funny moments, and more.


Learn more about our Park Magnet, an IB World School, here. 


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