Thursday, December 11, 2014

English Teacher's Guide to Transforming your classroom environment into a writing workshop

Step 1: Transforming your English Classroom into a Writing Workshop
  • Have the fellow writers in your classroom create a journal, and supply each of them with a pencil. 
  • Start each class day by habitual journaling* see definition below
  • Feel free to start with a prompt from this pdf.(collected off the internet, compiled by Liz Daniell)
  • After 5-7 minutes of journaling, change the classroom design into a circular seating arrangement and ask for volunteers to share their journal. Feel free to get the sharing started by sharing your journal.
  • Comment (Print, distribute, discuss, and model response using Peter Elbow's Responding to Writing pdf.)
  • Share your results, observations, successes and failures under this post's comments. I will respond to all comments.
*habitual journaling-beginning each class period with a 5-7 minute free write.  Have students journal about things they care about such as:
  • hobbies
  • food
  • travel
  • movies
  • games
  • social media
  • the topics are endless
  • If your are struggling for ideas, please see the prompts pdf. above, or do a search for: "daily writing prompts".