Workshop Expectations

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bullet Find  and develop topics for your writing that matter to you, your life, who you are, and who you might become.

 

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Create and maintain plans of your territories as a writer: the ideas, topics, purposes, genres, forms, and techniques that youíd like to experience and explore. Keep all of these in your notebook section of your Portfolio.

 

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Be your own critic. Be aware of what you do well and not so well.

 

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Become aware of your voice.

 

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Listen to, ask questions about, and comment on othersí writing in ways that help them move their writing forward.

 

bullet Make your own decisions about whatís working and what needs more work in pieces of your writing.

 

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Work on your writing for at least 30 minutes every evening.

 

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Keep all first, second, third drafts of writing in your Write Space. File finished writing in a special section of your Portfolio.

 

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Work hard in writing workshop.

 

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Be willing to try new techniques, new types of writing and use strategies to improve your writing.

 

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 Work toward readability, and use everything you know about format, spelling, punctuation, and usage as you compose.

 

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 Keep an individualized proofreading list that you check your writing against when you edit.

 

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Take care of the materials Iíve provided for you.

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Each week, set reasonable goals for yourself as a writer.

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Work toward writing well; try to make your writing the best it can be.

Rules for Writing Workshop

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Come to class ready to write.

 

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Keep a writing section in your portfolio in which you keep all writing attempts.

 

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Bring your portfolio to class every day.

 

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Accept the responsibility of completing pieces.

 

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Save everything! You never know what you might want to come back to later and use.

 

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Date and label everything you write to help you keep track of what youíve done (e.g., plans, draft #1, brainstorming).

 

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Write on one side of the paper only. Always skip lines. Always print double-spaced. Both will make revision, polishing, and editing easier and more productive.

 

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Draft your prose writing in sentences and paragraphs. Draft your poems in lines and stanzas.

 

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Donít go back into a mess of text and try to create order. Format as you go: real writers do this, too.

 

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Get into the habit of punctuating and spelling as conventionally as you can while youíre composing: this is something else good writers do.

 

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Understand that writing is thinking. Do nothing to distract the other writers. Donít put your words into their brains as they're struggling to find their own. Instead, find your private, writing place, and listen to your voice.

 

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When you confer with me, use loud whisper.

 

 

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Confer with a peer when you have a reason to. Use a conference area and record responses on a peer conference form, so the writer leaves the conference with a plan.

 

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Limit peer conferences to occasions when you have a specific problem that could benefit from a specific friendís response.

 

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Self-edit as completely as you can in a color different from the print of your text. Complete an editing checklist to show what you know about conventions of writing.

 

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Take pride in your work and write as well and as much as you can.

 

Workshop Toolbox

bullet  Supplies such as lined paper, paper clips, sticky notes, writing pads, folders and tape are kept in separate bins on the computer desk.

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Dictionaries, thesauri, grammar and usage books author's style books and general references are all kept in the back book shelves.                      

 

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Use the writing folders on the side wall during independent writing. Each folder contains instructions and suggestions for various forms of writing.                   

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 Use the Charts on the walls to help with conventions and skills necessary to be a good writer.