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

Grade One
Grade Two
Grade Three
Grade Four
Grade Five
Middle School

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. 

​Focus Lessons

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.

Focus Lesson
15 minutes
  • Whole-group instruction
  • Explicit modeling
  • Anchor charts
  • Guided practice
Independent Writing
30-40 minutes
  • Independent, interest or need-based writing
  • Small-group instruction
  • Conferring
Group Share
5 minutes
  • Summarize learning
  • Share strategies
Structure of Writers' Workshop
Sample Units by Grade Level