What We Believe About Writing Instruction
· Writing is a subject and should be taught every day.
· Students should have time to practice writing in class each day.
· Students should have a purpose/audience for their writing and frequent opportunities to publish and share.
· Students should learn a variety of genres/types of writing and have time to practice them.
· Students should be regularly exposed to mentor texts that highlight what good writers do.
· Teachers should structure their writer's workshop so there is time for whole group mini-lesson, independent writing time that allows for student choice, conferencing, and sharing.
· Grade level teams should collaborate on units of study and work together to gather resources, create lessons and assessments, and follow the same general timeline for instruction.