Writer’s Workshop Course Description: Mrs. Pfohl
Writing is an integral part of preparing your child for higher education and career readiness. During Writer's Workshop, your child will learn some of the skills necessary to effectively communicate through writing. Our curriculum is based on a program called: Sixth Grade Units of Study authored by Lucy Calkins. My section of Writer's Workshop concentrates on writing research based texts. The following elements are included: researching, note taking, the steps of writer's workshop (prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, publishing), strategic mini-lessons concentrate on elements of good writing ex. transitions, teacher modeling, teacher and peer conferencing, and grading with (shared) rubrics.
Details of the second (final) quarterly report card grade:
60% is earned through writing piece(s)
20% is earned through the accountability grade (see below for explanation)
20% is earned by completing daily homework and sometimes classwork
Students are expected to research or write during class. Because there is so much independence, there is an accountability grade given. On my webpage, you can find the grading rubric that explains what my grade book and progress report comments refer to as Writer's Workshop Accountability. Categories on this accountability rubric include: attention during instruction, volume of writing, revision work, partner and collaborative work, and independent work habits. If a student is corrected for misbehavior in any area of the Accountability Rubric, a point (4%) is taken from the 100% they automatically earned over the two week interval. Student accountability grades will add up to 100 points for all categories combined. I give a bi-weekly grade.
This program is set up so that all writing can be completed in school. If a student is unable to complete it in class, he or she is expected to meet me during study hall to complete it. This policy ensures that I will be able to assist the student- based on principles unique to this writing program.