WRITER'S WORKSHOP

Visit The Study Room for a Writing Assessment to learn abut your child’s strengths and learning needs. There are three options for Writing lesson enrolment:
1. Mini trait based lessons
2. Explicit grammar and punctuation
3. Non-fiction text writing

GRAMMAR AND PUNCTUATION

Nouns
Pronouns
Adjectives
Determiners
Verbs & Tenses
Subject-Verb agreement
​Adverbs
Prepositions
Conjunctions
Interjections

NON-FICTION TEXT TYPES COVERED

Informative
​Explanatory
Narrative
Opinion & Argument
Transactional

SIX TRAIT’S OF WRITING
The Six Trait Model of Writing Instruction and Assessment breaks down the complex task of learning to write into a group of teachable and assessable skills. Easy-to-understand, practical, and adaptable vocabulary is utilized as students across all grade levels engage in the various models and genres of writing. This model provides a framework that values the writing process.
In addition, the use of literature helps illustrate specific traits, provides stimulus for writing, and promotes the connection between reading and writing.
Our student’s Writing level is assessed and they are placed in a “Writer’s Workshop” group with no more than three other students, focusing on the same Writing Trait.
The Six Traits include; Ideas, Organization, Voice, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency and Conventions
Our Writer’s Workshop is offered to children from age 5-12.
The Study Room teachers have been trained in this model that supports writing across the curriculum and reinforces lifelong learning.
High-quality written works include the following characteristics:
1 Ideas
The content of the piece, the main theme along with the details provide the purpose and topic of the message
2 Organization
The structure of the piece, with the meaning of the message presented in a logical pattern or sequence
3 Voice
The personal voice of the author comes through providing style, individuality and sincerity
4 Word Choice
Using colorful, rich words to communicate, painting a vivid picture and minimizing redundancy
5 Sentence Fluency
The writing flows with effective use of transitions and variety of length, type and structure of sentences
6 Conventions
Correct spelling and grammar, easy to read

The Study Room is currently running workshops on Ideas and Organization.

WRITER'S WORKSHOP MINI LESSONS

IDEAS
Through the use of Picture Books to explore the Trait

  1. What Should I Write About? Finding a Topic
  2. Write a Lot About a Little:
    Focusing the Topic
  3. You’re in the Picture:
    Elaboration Through Descriptive Writing
  4. The Bare-Bones Story:
    ​Revising for details
  5. Showing Sentences:
    Writing to Show Rather Than Tell

ORGANIZATION
Through the use of Picture Books to explore the Trait

  1. Reel In the Reader:
    Discovering Strong Leads
  2. A Place to Begin:
    Developing Strong Leads
  3. Nonfiction Study:
    Organizing by Content
  4. Sequence and Pacing:
    Organizing by Time
  5. Ending on a Strong Note:
    Writing Conclusions

VOICE
Through the use of Picture Books to explore the Trait

  1. Voice Olympics:
    Rating Papers for Voice
  2. Strong Voice and Weaker Voice:
    Comparing Two Texts
  3. From the Shoes Point of View:
    Giving Inanimate Objects Voice
  4. Book Reviews:
    Finding a Voice to “Sell” a book

WORD CHOICE
Through the use of Picture Books to explore the Trait

  1. Interesting Word Wall:
    An Ongoing Display
  2. Word Search:
    Collecting Powerful Words
  3. Energetic Verbs:
    Dramatizing their Power
  4. Fun-o-nyms:
    alternatives to Ordinary Words
  5. Word Choice Antics:
    An Inspiring Alphabet Book

SENTENCE FLUENCY
Through the use of Picture Books to explore the Trait

  1. Reading Aloud:
    Hearing the Rhythm and Flow
  2. Color Poems:
    Sentence-Building
  3. Describe a Season:
    Expanding Sentences
  4. Revising for Sentence Fluency: Expanding and Combing Sentences
  5. Exploring Similies:
    One Way to Build Sentence Fluency

CONVENTIONS & PRESENTATION(+1)
Through the use of Picture Books to explore the Trait

  1. Daily News:
    Identifying Conventions of Print
  2. Copy Editor’s Marks:
    Editing With a System
  3. Spelling Cards:
    Creating Responsible Spellers
  4. Peer Editing:
    Looking for Punctuation
  5. Menu’s, Brochures, and Other “Real-Life” Samples:
    Studying Visual Elements
  6. The Essay:
    Scoring Texts for Presentation
  7. Bookmaking:
    Presenting Fiction and Nonfiction