Video: This is a great overview of a strong writing workshop.Sean McComb uses various methods to give students personalized and customized feedback on their writing. He shares feedback tricks and tips that are excellent.
Online ideas: A site wtih examples of notebook pages and all kinds of things to do with notebooks.
Online ideas: A long list of notebooking ideas. These are not 'prompts', they're a list of strategies for finding writing ideas, such as: "collect snips of dialogue" or "write from one little word" Excellent resource!
Online ideas: Lucy Calkins shares pages from her writer's notebook. Inspiring!
Video: In this Diet Coke ad, Taylor Swift uses her writer's notebook to create a song.
Online: This is a long list of possible writing mini-lessons focusing on procedures, content and process.
Online PDF: Good overview of the writing workshop, including procedural, craft and convention mini-lessons
Online, PDF: Good lessons on how to look for the 6 traits in writing.
Book: Katie Wood Ray teaches us how to "read like writers" discovering the craft behind the writer's words. This is an awesome book - written for elementary it can easily be adapted to secondary.
Book: Barry Lane shares incredible writing lessons that will help students improve immediately. He shows us how to "explode a moment" and how to use "snapshots" and "thought shots" effectively. Great lessons for all age levels.
Video: This is Barry Lane's video lesson on writing about his "favourite day." Kids love this. He has several other lessons on youtube as well. All worth checking out.
Book: A great overview of writing workshop (and reading workshop) in secondary school. This book will help you with all the ins and outs of writing workshop.
Book: This book is amazing for upper secondary. Full of lessons and activities that show students how grammar can be used to craft writing. A must have.
Book: Jennifer Serravallo's book is an awesome book, jam packed with writing mini-lessons. This is gold.
Book: Excellent book for teaching secondary students. His lesoon on "8 reasons why we write" help inspire teachers.
Book: Kelly Gallagher explains how to model writing and use mentor texts to teah writing. Excellent book written specifically for secondary. On a side note, if you teach literature, you should abolsolutely read his book "Deeper Reading" - one of the best books out there for teaching reading in secondary.
Book: Mini-lessons by JoAnn Portalupi and Ralph Fletcher. Lessons can easily be adapted to secondary as well. They also have a book called Nonfiction Craft Lessons which is excellent.
Book: The power of using student work as mentor texts. This book is beautifully writtten and inspiring.
Online ideas: A great resource for lessons on conventions. In the sidebar are a series of links to lessons on all of the 6 traits. Well worth exploring.
Book: Jeff Anderson and Vicki Spandel's book gives excellent advice on how to teach editing - one of the areas that students find most difficult. This book is a must-have.
Book: How to teach grammar and conventions in the writing workshop. Finally grammar becomes meaningful!!
Book: Although this is written for grades 1 - 5, many of the lessons can be adapted to secondary. Jeff Anderson is evidently coming out with another book for the upper grades.
Book: This is a wonderful resource for teaching each of the 6 Traits.
Book: Carl Anderson's book on conferencing is excellent! He shows you how to make the most of a 3 minute conference - what to ask, what to teach.
Book: How to give effective feedback to students. Not all feedback is equal!
Book: How to use literature as mentor texts for nonfiction writing.
Book: How to teach students to find their voice when they're writing persuasively.
This is the basic rubric with our grading scale underneath it.
This is the 6 Trait rubric, modified for a character sketch writing assignment
This is a 6 Trait rubric, modified for a coming of age story
This is a 6 Trait rubric modified for a compare/contrast essay. The teacher has written criteria for three different levels