Writing is a daily activity at Willow.
Writing at Willow is interdisciplinary and students are encouraged to write daily, making it a meaningful part of the classroom curriculum. Daily practice also builds students' fluency through continuous, repeated exposure to the writing process, organization and thought required to create a story or to write about a favorite topic.
Power of Choice
Because students are often allowed to choose the topic on which to write, they are motivated to create and complete works to read to classmates. Students are also invited to share aloud from their journals. This both builds confidence and provides inspiration to other classmates.
The 6 – 8 Grade Writing Program is Made up of Seven Parts:
- Journal writing
- Essay writing
- Partner Writing Conferences
- Illustrated Books
- Grammar Mini-Lessons and Work Sheets
- Weekly Vocabulary Tests
- Writer's Workshop
Writer’s Workshop - Writer's Workshop is one of the techniques we use to inspire our budding writers. Initially developed by Lucy Caulkins at Columbia's Teachers College, writer's workshop is a free writing time which enables children to move through the writing process and 'publish' their stories.
Writer's Workshop is designed to help children realize the joy of the written word.
The format includes:
- story planning
- teacher editing
- direct instruction in the mechanics of grammar.
Each session consists of 45 minutes of quiet writing time. The only requirement is that students express themselves to the best of their ability and try to find joy in that expression. Sessions end with a sharing period for all those who wish to read their writing aloud to the group.