ABSTRACT

Writing instruction expert Warren Combs presents a step-by-step plan for teaching writing workshops that are aligned to the Common Core State Standards. The book is filled with practical mini-lessons, strategies, and tools for every stage of the writing process, from prewriting through publication. Scripting is provided, to show teachers how to model each strategy for students. In addition, Dr. Combs shows how teachers can use the following elements: The concepts Voice, Pictures, and Flow, to help students understand the essential elements of writing; The words Invite, Model, Write, Look, and Learn, to model effective writing for students and have them learn from your example; Revision strategies such as Jot and Blend, Combining Sentences, Writing Leads, and Writing Closes; Peer revision using Peer-Assisted Learning Systems (PALS); Student self-assessment rubrics. The book also includes scoring guides and pacing guides, to help teachers implement writing workshops more easily. As Dr. Combs demonstrates, you can give workshops more structure while still making writing come alive for your students.

chapter 3|7 pages

A First Look at the Writing Cycle

chapter 4|10 pages

Kindling Innate Abilities

chapter 5|9 pages

The Difference the Writing Cycle Makes

chapter 6|10 pages

Analyze a Writing Topic Prompt with Me

chapter 7|11 pages

Prewrite with Me

chapter 8|14 pages

Write First Drafts with Me

chapter 9|16 pages

Revise Words and Phrases with Me

chapter 10|14 pages

Fine-Tune Leads and Closes with Me

chapter 11|12 pages

Combine Sentences with Me

chapter 12|15 pages

Proofread a Final Draft with Me

chapter 13|20 pages

Score a Final Draft with Me

chapter 14|13 pages

Write an Unassisted Writing Sample with Me

chapter 15|9 pages

Publish a Final Draft with Me