Writing Workshop 2017-2018

To see who has signed up for 2017-2018 classes,
go to REGISTRATION & Class Lists



Yummy/Yuk!

by Nina Giddings
(4th grade)

Apple sweet; apple sour, I pick you off my tree in the fall. As soft as a blanket in a cozy chair, this apple is as sweet as a lollipop; as soft as taffy. You can eat it when it falls off the tree. Crabapples are like cherry blossoms: good smelling and great, blowing off one tree to the other. I'll eat you 'til I'm full.


Crabapple

by Jasmine Robertson
(3rd grade)

Just ripe as a cherry;
sweet as sugar cane;
sour as a pickle. Inside:
as soft as a cat. It looks
like an apple, but
a crabapple will stay with
me for two minutes.


Please have your students read books from the 4th-6th Grade Reading List during the year. If they want to, they can also select books from the 7th-8th Grade Reading List .

Remember that these lists are not an indication of reading level, but are created to give students a background for their upcoming years of study at the NFS. Please do NOT have children read books from lists that are in their reading level, but above their NFS class level.

See finished pieces from this class in our Writing Archives.
Pieces written by WW students in 2016-2017
Pieces written by WW students in 2013-2014
Pieces written by WW students in 2012-2013
Pieces written by WW students in 2009-2010
Pieces written by WW students in 2008-2009
Pieces written by WW students in 2007-2008
Pieces written by WW students in 2006-2007
Pieces written by WW students in 2005-2006
Pieces written by WW students in 2004-2005
Pieces written by WW students in 2002-2003
Pieces written by WW students in 2001-2002
Pieces written by WW students in 2000-2001



To see who has signed up for 2016-2017 classes,
go to REGISTRATION & Class Lists



2017-2018 Supplies

No supply needs this year! Just come to class and enjoy what we do!

You may want to leave a fleece or sweatshirt & warm socks or slippers at the NFS site: we have a no-shoe policy, and it can be chilly, especially on Mondays.

Class snacks and hot drink mixes are kept in a separate cupboard for each class, so bring in your favorites to share.



Course Description

Classes will follow a Writing Workshop format, focused on process rather than product. Students will receive a binder "portfolio" for the class, in which all math, French, drama, and science projects, as well as artworks and written pieces will be indexed. Student portfolios are a key component of documenting student achievement.

How process-oriented learning works:

In Writing Workshop, students learn to select writing topics, draft, edit, give and receive response, revise, redraft, and refine their writing at their own pace.

Students have a "draft folder" in which they keep all drafts of their work. Included in the folder is a personalized "skills list" -- a list of grammatical or technical errors that have occurred in each student's writings, and for which the student agrees to be responsible in future edits.

Students typically rework two or three drafts of a piece, receiving response from peers, before they turn in a draft for "teacher editing". At this point, the piece is as polished as they can make it. Often, two or more drafts are necessary before the piece can go into the student's "final folder".

Teacher/peer or group response provides students with feedback on a piece as it is being written, when such help is most useful to them. One of the great advantages of Writing Workshop is that students are not assigned topics; by choosing what and how they write, they become incredibly invested in their pieces.

3rd Year Program 2017-2018 | English III 2017-2018 | all Math classes

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