UK: Guided Writing Workshop
Lesson Objective: Take young writers from the blank page to creative composition
Grades K-2 / English / Collaboration

Thought starters

  1. Ms. Lewis uses a field trip for pre-learning. What other strategies would work to teach background knowledge and vocabulary?
  2. How does group work make the lesson more effective?
  3. How does Ms. James connect sound sentence construction as a necessity to creative writing?
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I liked how the teachers had the students brainstorm out loud before they did the actual writing.
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I liked the way the teachers had students work together first and then have the entire class listen to writing read aloud. It gave students who may have had difficulty producing sentences a chance to hear ideas.
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Nice to encourage the construction of sentences and a story related to an introduced picture and idea!
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Having the students discuss what they are going to write with their peers and teachers helps them estalish their ideas and elaborate their writing.
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When students work in small groups the teacher is able to address their needs better. Writing the rough draft is a great way to organize vocabulary and writing.
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Transcripts

  • St Peter's Primary School in Telford has an excellent reputation for creative teaching and learning, and in the first of

    St Peter's Primary School in Telford has an excellent reputation for creative teaching and learning, and in the first of a three part series, educational writer John Richmond visits the school to see how it has embraced guided writing.

    In a Year 1 and Year 2 class, the children compile factual guide books about castles, and teacher Nichola Lewis guides the children to use challenging descriptive words from their vocabulary lists.
    Meanwhile, a Year 5 and Year 6 group is writing a suspense story, and teacher Claire James helps the children to empathise with the protagonist.
    The work doesn't stop with the children however, with parents taking part in a special writing workshop to learn about guided writing.
    The Primary Framework series looks at areas that are difficult to deliver and visits schools which have been identified for their excellent practices in these areas.

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