Collecting Evidence for The Writers Workshop

Collecting Evidence For Your Writer’s Workshop

Do you ever feel that you do not have enough evidence when assessing an overall grade in your writers workshop?  I have to admit, at times I have not felt confident explaining a grade to a parent or colleague when only having a students’ latest piece of work, conferring notes, and my gut to go from.  With a majority of students I am very confident, I know where they are at and know where they need support.  Other students I find it harder to put my finger on what they are struggling with, especially if it is not a direct goal of the unit.  One of my solutions has been identifying my structure of assessments and checkpoints through out my writers workshop.

For each workshop unit my grade level team began creating lists of components that fully support our view of the students progress, strengths, and weaknesses.  I know that my colleagues and I have found this component and assessment sheet helpful, so I thought I would share it with you!

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I use this with the corresponding checklists, rubrics, and assessments for each unit.  This makes my workshop flow so smoothly.  It also helps me feel organized while gaining a clear picture of where each student is at in my workshop. This is also useful as a grade level to remain consistent with our grading and speaking to parents about the workshop.


Persuasive Letter Writing UnitMy newest unit is The Persuasive Letter Writing Unit.  This is one of my favorite units!  It has just taken me awhile to get it all out of my head and on paper for you!  There are many different types of letter writing but persuasive writing lends itself so well to this letter unit!!

The overarching goals for this unit include:
  • Writers study mentor texts to understand the genre of persuasive writing.
  • Writers generate ideas for writing persuasive letters.
  • Writers learn strategies for writing effective persuasive letters.
  • Writers learn strategies for revising and editing persuasive letters.
  • Writers publish and share persuasive letters.

The Writer’s Workshop: Persuasive Letter Writing Unit is easily adaptable for grades 3-5. 20 Lessons with connection, teaching point, active engagement, and link. It includes anchor charts, minilessons, handouts and much more.

If you would like to see all of what comes in this 107page unit head over to my TeachersPayTeachers Shop to see the description!

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