I have been reading “About the Authors” by Katie Wood Ray and Lisa B. Cleaveland over the past few weeks. As I read, I have been getting really excited about starting Writer’s Workshop in my classroom. I have a view on how I want it to work, and look forward to seeing growth in my students. As I mentioned in a previous post, I have used Writer’s Workshop before and really liked it. The first time that I used Writer’s Workshop was during my student teaching, 9 years ago! Needless to say, I need a refresher. As many other bloggers have stated, writing is often squeezed in and not made a priority. I am guilty of this myself with all that we have to get done during the day. We have a limited amount of time, and so many things that we are required to accomplish.
Chapter 4 in this weeks reading focuses on using the writing process to make books. This chapter reminds me that writing is not about writing to prompts, it is an ongoing process. It talks about “writing projects.” I learned through this reading that writing should be thought of as a project. We have a goal, such as making a book, then we must decide what we want to write about. We brainstorm what ideas that we want to write about, then we make draft, revise/edit, and finally publish. Therefore, writing is an ongoing process in which we are constantly making our writing better.
I think that making a book would be a great project for my students. We have made whole class books this year and my students really enjoy looking at them in the reading center. A book is a great ongoing project that I think my students could learn a lot by completing. Over the next few weeks, I would like to make this a project that we will complete! I look forward to this project and posting great pictures and updates on how it is going!