Our district has implemented various writing programs and packages through the last 5-7 years. We have added genre unit studies, Sharon Spencer units, Better Answers, St. Clair ISD units, MEAP toolkits and others. All of them had merit for certain aspects of writing. The biggest problem came with finding the time to add them to an already full curriculum. In the end, it almost felt like some of them were a band-aid approach to the problem which was that our children didn't really know how to write well.
Last year, our NCA Writing sub-group made the decision to implement Writer's Workshop schoolwide. We chose to purchase the Lucy Calkins' Units of Study for all grades K-5. We have asked each teacher to build in a block of Writer's Workshop time in their schedule. The time varies from 30 minutes in Kindergarten to a full hour in fifth grade.
Our hope is that we are going to develop the writing skills in our children and raise our scores on the state tests. We are in our first year of implementation. This blog will follow our process as we move forward and will hopefully serve as inspiration and help to other schools and/or classrooms that are also looking to improve the writing skills and scores of their children.
Bookmark my site and come back often to follow our journey. Whether you've been doing writer's workshop all along or are just starting out, you're sure to find information of value to your program.