WACHUSETT REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT Holden-Paxton-Princeton-Rutland-Sterling
Planning Writers' Workshop
Writers’ Workshop is organized into units of study throughout the year. Year-long trajectories map the units of study for each grade level.
Year-Long WW Trajectories
Planning Units of Study
Units of study in Writers' Workshop are crafted around particular genres and/or writing strategies. Each unit takes student writers through five phases of a writer's craft, including immersion, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing.
Sample Units of Study
Each grade level will share similar unit of study maps, as the genres and progression of skills are constant throughout the District. However, teachers will customize their maps to best meet the needs of students in their classrooms. Frequent assessment and progress monitoring will help teachers determine what modifications will be necessary to evolve highly effective units of study for each genre or skill set. The units of study on this page are samples and should be modified to meet student needs in individual classrooms.
Once unit mapping is complete, teachers will develop focus lessons that correlate with each day in the unit of study. Using the unit of study map for a particular writing topic, teams of teachers or individuals will develop focus lessons using the Focus Lesson Template. The focus lessons on this page are samples and should be used as models for focus lesson development.
- Independent, interest or need-based writing
Structure of Writers' Workshop
Sample Units by Grade Level